Save the Date – Empty Bowls 2018

Empty Bowls presented by First National BankTwenty-one years ago, the Food Bank for Larimer County’s Empty Bowls fundraiser began in art class at Lopez Elementary School when the school’s art teacher inspired his students to create empty bowls to represent those who didn’t have enough to eat. Since then, area artists have worked together to support the event and the fight against hunger in the community. Empty Bowls has grown from offering five signature soups in 1998 to over twenty soups in 2016 and has raised $775,000 for the Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs.

This year, as in years past, local restaurants like Spoons will be serving delicious soups – more than 20 different offerings to sample. Even better, attendees will get to take home soup bowls created by local artists and students.

Save the date for the upcoming Empty Bowls event on February 15, 2018Empty Bowls Fort Collins has ladled community hope for those struggling with hunger in Larimer County. Learn More about Empty Bowls.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the Hilton Fort Collins

Time: VIP Reception: 4:30-5:30 pm; Dining & Silent Auction: 5:30-8:30 pm

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Your Support Matters: Food Bank Guest Stories

Your continued support of the Food Bank for Larimer County really does matter. For every $1 donated, we are able to provide $5 worth of food to children, seniors, and families facing hunger every day. Many families rely on the Food Bank to eat and without your support, they would simply go hungry.

See the faces of hunger in our community and learn more about how your support helps them and their families, exactly where they need it most:

James, Food Bank Guest


James is an 81 year old guest of the Food Bank for Larimer County. He works part-time and is currently looking for full-time work because his Social Security benefits and savings are not enough to make ends meet. He has worked for decades as a painter, plumber, and electrician but is having trouble finding a steady job. James uses the money he saves on food to cover his fuel traveling to and from jobs and looking for work. James said, “I appreciate the help of the Food Bank and love the good quality food here.”


Linda lives with her husband and her daughter who is a single-mother daughter of two. The family does not qualify for Food Stamps and the Food Bank has been a, “huge blessing to feed their family.” Linda comes in weekly for food and especially diapers for her granddaughter, “They are a lifesaver.”

Allie, Food Bank Guest


“The Food Bank takes off a lot of pressure off of me. I am able to afford my monthly student loan payment and worry less about also buying food,” Allie, a 25 year old Food Bank guest, said. Despite working full-time, Allie and her partner rely on the food savings to afford to live in Northern Colorado. She loves the diversity of the Food Bank and enjoys the conversations and connections she’s able to make with other guests.


As a result of the rising housing costs in Larimer County, nearly all of Rebecca’s paycheck is eaten up by paying rent and filling her car with gas, despite her full-time job. She has little left for food or other expenses by the end of the month. “The Food Bank helps me eat much healthier than I could on my own. I worry less about food by coming here.” She also mentioned, “I LOVE the books available; it’s my only source of entertainment.”


Mike, a disabled Veteran, frequents the Food Bank to help put food on the table for his family including his wife, step-daughter, and grandson. “The Food Bank is a tremendous help for us and we’re thankful for all the good food we get here.”

Please consider a monthly, recurring donation to the Food Bank for Larimer County, volunteering or supporting us with a one-time donation to continue our mission of a hunger-free Larimer County.  By making a contribution, at any level, you will help us stabilize the lives of the people we serve. When families worry less about having enough to eat, they can focus their energies and resources on their futures; giving us all a brighter and more vibrant community.

Be a Hero: Help Us Raise 60k in 60hrs with a Matching Campaign

60k in 60 hrs - Food Bank for Larimer County

We did it! Thanks to your generosity, the Food Bank exceeded its goal of raising $30,000 in its $60k in 60 Hours year-end match. Because of you and a matching donation from two local brothers, the Food Bank for Larimer County raised more than $60,000 to feed children, families, and seniors.

Thanks to all of our supporters who gave and helped spread the word for this last-minute event. Your gift will make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families who will come to rely on the Food Bank in 2018.

Thank YOU For Supporting the Food Bank this Holiday Season

Holiday Thank You

On behalf of the entire Food Bank staff, we’re sending each and every one of you a BIG thank you for all the support this holiday season.

Whether you gave during our $60K in 60 Hours event, donated a turkey this Thanksgiving, or gave in honor of someone else, we simply could not continue the fight against hunger with out your continued support and for that we are extremely grateful. Unfortunately, just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean hunger has ended. We will continue to utilize your support and funds to ensure no child, senior, or family faces an empty plate.


For many, the holidays provide added stress and financial strain. For families, children, and seniors the joy of the holiday season is eclipsed by the lack of food on the table.

This holiday season, there are many ways you can give the gift of hope to those in need. Join us in fighting hunger this holiday season:

    • Donate to the Food Bank for Larimer County. For every $1 we receive in donations, we are able to provide $5 worth of food to those in need. Your contributions go a long way to help us fight hunger in our community.
    • Send a Holiday Tribute Card.  In lieu of a traditional gift, your $15 donation to the Food Bank for Larimer County is a great way to honor friends, family, coworkers or clients. More importantly, it will provide $75 worth of food to families in need. For each $15 donation, we will send a colorful thank you card on your behalf.
    • Host a Food or Fund Drive on behalf of the Food Bank for Larimer County. Community sponsored fund and food drives are vital to Food Bank operations. Contributions from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations and individuals generate thousands of meals for families, children and seniors each year and the holidays are a perfect time to organize your drive.
    • Spread the Word! Help us spread the word about fighting hunger this holiday season. Find us on Facebook or join our email newsletter list and share our news with your network to help us build awareness for fighting hunger in our community.
    • Remember the Food Bank in your Year-End Giving. By making a tax-deductible year-end gift to the Food Bank for Larimer County, you’ll help us stabilize the lives of the people we serve. When families worry less about having enough to eat, they can focus their energies and resources on their futures.

No gift is too small; for every $1 donated, we provide $5 worth of food to those in need. 

As our population grows and ages and the costs of housing, childcare, education, medical and other expenses stretch beyond paychecks, we know our work will continue to be vital in this community. The holiday season is no different. Our dream for the coming years is to provide not just food, but also hope to stabilize the lives of our clients and help them on a path to self-sufficiency which will build a vibrant community for all.

Please join us in providing the gift of hopeful and full holiday season for all this year!

Save the Date: Empty Bowls – Feb. 15, 2018!

Thank You for Your Colorado Gives Day Support!

We’re sending everyone who supported the Food Bank for Larimer County on Colorado Gives Day a BIG thank you! With your contributions, we were able to meet our goal to continue to fight hunger right here in our community. Thank you!

Colorado Gives Day - Food Bank for Larimer County

Colorado Gives Day is December 5, 2017. This day of statewide giving is designed to encourage residents to give where they live to support the many wonderful organizations that make Colorado a vibrant place for all, including the Food Bank for Larimer County.

The high costs of housing, childcare, medical and other expenses make it difficult to make ends meet. Often, cutting back on food is the solution, but it comes at a price. For adults, hunger impacts focus at work. For seniors, hunger makes it difficult to maintain health. And for children, hunger impacts the ability to learn, thrive and succeed. For every $1 donated, we can provide $5 worth of food.

Colorado Gives Day is an important fundraiser for the Food Bank for Larimer County and we’re asking for your support to help us in our mission of providing food for all in Larimer County.

Please schedule your donation now or plan to give to the Food Bank on December 5th.

Donate to the Food Bank for Larimer County on Colorado Gives Day

Click here to learn more about Colorado Gives Day and how the Food Bank for Larimer County will use your donation to fight hunger among children, seniors, and families in our community.

Help Feed NoCo

CSU mascot rides along with Scott James.Hunger is not something that happens “somewhere else.” Hunger is a reality for thousands of neighbors in Northern Colorado.

That’s why Johnstown Mayor Scott James took the challenge of riding the Scheels Ferris wheel for 50 hours in row. James broke the world record for consecutive hours riding a Ferris wheel and in the process raised a lot of awareness and money in the fight against hunger in Northern Colorado.

Thus far, Scott’s 50-hour stunt has raised more than $20,000 for those in need in Northern Colorado.

“It’s not like I was running a marathon. I sat for 50 hours,” Scott said. “I appreciate people supporting [the event] very much. And the food bank’s very worthy and they need your help this time of year.”

The word marathon is very appropriate, because the Ferris Wheel 50 event was just the kickoff of the Feed NoCo initiative. The Food Bank for Larimer County and Weld Food Bank will continue to raise funds through December to help local families enjoy a traditional holiday meal. If you missed the event, you can still make a difference at

Help feed a family in need this holiday season. A donation of just $25 provides a holiday meal for a family of four.

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Mom and two daughters photoThe community brings hope to the table this holiday season.

The holiday season is upon us, and once again, the community has gone above and beyond to help the Food Bank for Larimer County provide holiday meals for those in need.

So far, the Food Bank has received more than 3,350 turkeys in response to our Thanksgiving Food Drive. In addition, supporters have brought in thousands of boxes of stuffing, canned cranberries, yams and other traditional fixings that will complete holiday meals for families in need right here in Larimer County.

The majority of the holiday food items have already been distributed to our community partners, who in turn, will distribute the meals to the clients they serve in time for Thanksgiving.

By donating our “wish list” items, you have helped us give the ultimate gift of food to our guests and agency partners.

If you were unable to make it to one of the Food Bank locations before Thanksgiving, we will gladly accept cash donations to support our mission for the remainder of the holidays and throughout the year. Please donate here.

October Food Bank Closures

The Fort Collins and Loveland Food Share pantries and Food Link will be closed Tuesday, October 17, and Thursday, October 26. Please plan your visits accordingly.

THANK YOU for Your Plant it Forward Support

Plant it Forward As the summer wraps up, we just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has volunteered, advocated, and donated to our Plant it Forward program. ​Plant It Forward, a partnership between the Gardens on Spring Creek and the Food Bank for Larimer County, invites all gardeners to plant an extra row to fight hunger in our community. When the garden matures, we invite you to share your bounty with children, families, and seniors in need of food assistance and help end hunger.

Many community members stepped up to fight hunger with their gardens, including Dr. J., a true Plant it Forward champion, who donated over 4,000 poundsPlant it Forward to our program this year alone. He has been donating his entire garden’s proceeds for 6 years, but this is his biggest donation so far. Help us thank Dr. J. and the many other wonderful participants who worked tirelessly to fight hunger from the ground up!

This year, we had an ambitious goal of raising 65,000 pounds of fresh, local food. We haven’t quite reached that mark, but we’re inviting local gardeners to donate any late squash, zucchini, or pumpkins they may have to our program.

As you’re picking pumpkins for Halloween season, please consider grabbing an extra as many of the youngest Food Bank guests do not have the luxury of carving pumpkins this time of year.

As you begin to plan your 2018 gardens, don’t forget to plant an extra row or two for the Food Bank for Larimer County. We’d love to have your extras! Sign up for our email newsletter to stay in touch!