In May of 2018, the Food Bank for Larimer County achieved a major milestone when we moved our distribution center and business office to a new facility in Loveland. It was a landmark move for the Food Bank, allowing us to source more food with considerably more dry, cooler and freezer storage. More importantly, with the improved cooler and freezer space, it allowed us to source more of the right food – more fresh produce, fruits and proteins.
Now that we have been in the new facility for a period of time, the perception might be that we have reached our goal. In reality, the move to the new location wasn’t the end of a process, but just the beginning. We have ambitious goals around providing food to those in need, and connecting our clients with services that can improve their lives. This is the motivation behind the Feeding Our Future campaign:
Working with our agency partners to provide food, but also looking at new ways to support partner growth. We realize that solving food insecurity requires many organizations scaling to meet the need.
Looking at new food delivery models to increase access to food in areas previously underserved, like our rural communities. Our mobile pantries and food truck are examples of non-traditional ways of getting food to those in need.
Providing fresh, nutritious food to clients – yes, but also sharing tools to help them maximize the food they receive. Our newly launched Cooking Matters program partners with Share Our Strength to teach parents with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals.
Educating our clients and the community as a whole about available services, like SNAP, also known as food stamps. SNAP provides food such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains to low-income individuals and families and our goal is to educate people about the benefits of the program and how to enroll.
How You Can Help
Thanks to the support of corporations, foundations, local governments and individual donors, the Food Bank has raised more than $8 million of the $9 million goal. Now we are asking the community to help us reach our goal and to help us fund our future.
As a part of the campaign, there is a board-directed $250,000 match. This means that any donation designated for the campaign, up to $250,000, will be matched. This is a great way for your gift to do even more in the community, and we couldn’t be more grateful.