“It’s my first time here at the Lunch Lab, but I think it amazing what you are doing here.” LeAnn says. She first saw the Lunch Lab food truck the last time she visited the Loveland Library. “It’s just convenient – really convenient – to have it at the library,” she says. “My kids are excited to have the fruit and veggies.”
Violet has been visiting the Food Bank’s Loveland pantry for a few years now, and she just beams with gratitude when she talks about her experience. “I appreciate all that the volunteers, staff, and donors do for us. I take apples and carrots to my friend who is in her 80s, and the rest comes home with me.”
Violet says her experience visiting the food bank has always been wonderful, but she especially likes the new drive-through system that was implemented at the beginning of the pandemic. With a gorgeous smile, Violet said, “I still work, but I need this extra help sometimes.” And we believe that everyone needs a little extra help sometimes.
“Variety is the spice of life,” Keith says as he loads bags of food into his vehicle. Keith is a chef who is also working at DoorDash to make ends meet. He says that the variety of foods that he gets at the Food Bank’s Loveland pantry is good, and he tries to have fun with it while cooking for himself and his daughter.
Keith has been visiting the food bank for about three months and really likes the drive-through format. Keith appreciates the “smiles going all around” when he visits. Keith also touches on something that many people resonate with. He says, “It’s a pride thing. But sometimes you have to push that aside. Everyone has to have food to be able to work and keep trying to survive.”
Holly & Craig
Holly and Craig have been visiting the Food Bank’s Loveland pantry for about three years, ever since their youngest child came along. Visiting the food bank takes a lot of stress off of them and leaves some financial room for other things.
While they both really like the drive-through system, Holly says that she really does miss being able to connect with the staff and volunteers inside. “But even now, when the volunteers see that we have kids in the car, they will run inside and get a small toy or sweet treat for each of them. It makes for a really special experience for our kids, and we are so grateful for the wonderful people here.”
“The food I get here is so high-quality. Everyone in my household eats vegetables and I can get enough to last the week,” Les says. “I pack them in my daughter’s lunchbox, and she loves them.”
Les has been visiting the Family Medical Center pantry for about three years and says one of the reasons he shops there is the staff. “Laura is amazing,” he says. “During COVID she kept it together and kept everyone going. The entire staff is awesome.”
Even though he enjoys shopping at FMC, he does have one small request. “I miss the book stand,” he says. “I love to read, and I used to bring books in to donate and take a few to read myself. It was a great book exchange. I hope it comes back once the pandemic is over.”
Jerry recently lost his wife and relocated to Colorado from North Carolina. He found out about the Food Bank and the Family Medical Clinic pantry from a friend.
“I’ve been coming for about a year,” Jerry says. “I shop about once a week and I love the rice, beans, and especially the vegetables.”
In addition to the fresh food and selection, Jerry really appreciates the staff at FMC. “Everyone here is very helpful,” he says. “They actually try and guide you to eat healthy food options.”
“I love all the veggies. I still love sweets every now and then, but I try and stick with the veggies,” says Ernest, a client of the Family Medical Clinic pantry since 2018.
Ernest is always watching what he eats, especially food that can increase his cholesterol count. “Potato chips are my weakness, so I try to avoid them as much as possible,” he says. “That’s why I like coming here; the food is really good – especially the produce. And by coming here I can save a little money.”
He also likes the community feel of the FMC pantry. “The people here are really sensitive. You can tell they’re good people,” he says. “I’ve seen others come here looking for a specific food item and when they don’t have it, the staff feels really bad. I mean, they try hard to make sure there’s a lot of food for everyone.”
When asked why she shops at the Food Bank, Lisa simply says, “Because I need to. I can’t afford the cost of groceries.” The food she gets at the Food Bank helps her save money for other expenses like repairs for her car.
Lisa has been visiting the Food Bank for about two years and thinks it’s been terrific. Occasionally, she even gets a bit of a surprise. “We love to make tacos and one time I stopped in on the chance I would find some tortilla chips. Wouldn’t you know, I was able to grab a bag of Tostitos to go with dinner that night.”
“I’ve been coming to the food bank for several years and it’s been a great help,” says Nora. “The food is really great and we get items like meat, chicken, and seafood.”
Like so many in our community, COVID-19 changed things for Nora and her family. “When the Coronavirus pandemic started, I left my job because I was very scared,” she says. “Now only my husband works, so we budget a lot and the Food Bank really helps us save money for other needs.” Adding, “The food bank helps us a lot, especially for a big family like mine. It’s a blessing.”