Everyday Should be Pie Day

Who doesn’t like pie? That’s a question Debbie Lugo asked herself shortly after moving to Fort Collins from Austin, TX. She and her husband Paul had moved to Colorado to be closer to their daughter studying at CSU.

“Sometimes the winter months can get long and we were looking for a way to brighten up the days,” Debbie said. “We found out that there is actually a National Pie Day in January and that’s how our Pie Day Party started.”

The concept of the Pie Day Party is simple: Invite a bunch of friends over, ask them to bring delicious pies and a donation for the Food bank for Larimer County, then eat the pies. Some of the parties have had as many as 45 guests, and usually include a few not-so-well-known pies.

“It seems that a lemon meringue pie usually shows up and we’ve had frittatas, quiches, pizzas and even a treatise on pi brought by one of my engineering cousins,” Debbie said. “It’s not unusual for an apple pie to arrive sporting the Greek pi symbol in the crust.”

Pie Party - Food Bank for Larimer CountyDebbie is not quite sure how she and her husband decided to incorporate the Food Bank into the parties, other than “it seemed like a good idea to share our good fortune,” she said. The Lugo’s good fortune has become the Food Bank’s good fortune as the Pie Day Party has become an annual event. Since 2008, Debbie, Paul and their friends have raised more than $5,250 and donated nearly 1,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank.

With results like that, Debbie, Paul and the Pie Day Party really take the cake.

Not everyone has to make pies or host parties to contribute to the Food Bank for Larimer County. Everything from simple fundraisers to online donations and volunteer shifts make a world of difference in the lives of the hungry in our community. There are many ways you can get involved and support our fight against hunger. Please consider volunteering at the Food Bank or donating to help us end hunger right here in Larimer County.

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.

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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 feednoco.org.

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!

 

 

Take a Look Behind the Scenes: Meet Stacy!

If you’re wondering what goes on behind the scenes at the Food Bank for Larimer County, look no further than Stacy Stolen. Her role as Chief Compliance Officer may be little known, but it’s vital to the success of the organization.  

Stacy handles all audits, compliance, and HR tasks for the Food Bank. Her day-to-day role varies widely, but focuses on hiring, collaborating with other team members for on-boarding, benefits, employee engagement, and ensuring the organization is ready at all times for audits and compliance tasks.

Based on grants, the parent organization – Feeding America – and other requirements, the Food Bank must be constantly ready to have others oversee the work, facilities, and documentation. Stacy’s role ensures the Food Bank is not only meeting, but exceeding, these requirements in order to continue to provide food to those in need in our community.

She began working at the Food Bank on a part-time basis two years ago; as a result of bringing much of the work in house and the growing needs of the organization, her position has evolved into a full-time role. Stacy loves her work at the Food Bank, “I go home every day with my cup filled,” she mentioned. “I love our staff and the mission we’re working towards. That makes me feel great, even on the toughest days.”

Stacy’s favorite part of her job is the wonderful people she works with at the Food Bank. “It’s delightful to be around people who are passionate; we have such a great team with different interests and personalities, but everyone believes in what we are doing.”

If anything, Stacy wishes people understood the magnitude of the Food Bank. Not only does the Food Bank feed thousands through our food share and mobile pantry locations, the organization also partners with over 80 agencies to feed more in Larimer County. “Every day our staff works so hard to treat guests with dignity and respect; everyone goes way above and beyond what I’ve ever seen in a non-profit.”

In her free time, Stacy enjoys life with her daughter and friends. She loves working in the yard and spending time outside.

Meet Heather: Chief Development Officer, Food Bank for Larimer County

The memory of hearing a little boy at the Food Bank ask his mom, ‘Is today a day we get to eat?’, sticks out in Heather Buoniconti’s mind as one of the most pivotal moments in her time at the Food Bank. Having young boys herself, she mentioned, “I can’t even think about it without tearing up a little bit,” she recounted; “all those years ago and I can still picture his face; it hit so close to home.”

Heather, the Chief Development Officer at the Food Bank for Larimer County, has been a dedicated staff member for nearly 12 years, overseeing all the fundraising and communication efforts of the organization. She loves coming to work every day knowing she’s making a difference in the lives of the hungry in our community.

She appreciates that everyone on the team is, “Extremely passionate about our mission and how hard we all work together towards a common goal.” Heather knows the collaboration of the Food Bank staff, the community at-large, volunteers, and donors make it, “A great place to be a part of.”

Heather began her career at the American Cancer Society, completing a year-long cancer fundraising walk with her husband through 15 states. Shortly after, a relocation to Northern Colorado led her to the Food Bank and as they say, ‘The rest is history!’

Her day-to-day at the Food Bank is always different, but the heart of her role is connections and relationships. “I spend my time talking to donors, volunteers, and staff in order to determine how they want to be a part of the Food Bank and what we’re doing.” Heather is always looking for new and innovative ways to help more people in our community.

She wishes people knew that hunger can happen to anyone. “It could easily be your teacher, neighbor, friend, or even family member that we’re serving.” The Food Bank fills a tremendous role in our community, something that isn’t lost on Heather or her teammates.

Outside of work, Heather loves spending time with her family – husband and two sons. The Buonicontis love being outside camping, hiking, and traveling as much as they can. She loves to read and enjoys attending the many Food Bank outreach events.