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Food Waste and the Food Bank Battle

We all do it. The day the milk goes “bad” according to a “best by” label it goes down the drain and the plastic container goes in the recycle bin. It’s understandable; we have been raised to believe that label on our green beans and spinach, our canned corn and pumpkin. Yet the reality is that none of those labels are regulated or even accurately indicate if a food is safe to consume.

Most foods are still good well past the “expiration date”, even fresh foods. As Ben Mensch, the volunteer coordinator at the Food Bank for Larimer County, puts it “Milk is not going to be fresh at 11:59pm and rotten at 12:01am, it just doesn’t work that way.” The problem with the dates and labeling is that none of it is regulated by the FDA or any other government agency (except for baby formula) for the consumer to actually know what is good or bad for them to consume. These numbers don’t even relate to food freshness, but instead are meant to work as a cataloging system for retailers to know when items were stocked. In May, a bill introduced in Congress has asked for federal regulation of food labeling in an attempt to cut down on food waste and inhibit states from passing bills that limit donations to food banks.

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May is Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month in the Feeding America community, which means it is a time to reflect and understand the needs of Older Americans in the United States that have food insecurity. In Colorado this issue is just as important as it is in the rest of the country and one that the Food […]

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Tough Choices

Making tough choices and trade-offs to keep food on the table

According to Hunger In America 2014 more than 46 million people each year including nearly 12 million children and 7 million seniors are receiving food assistance. Locally, the Food Bank for Larimer County and our partners participated in a study with 150 face-to-face interviews collected at 49 Food Link agencies, including the Food Bank’s Food Share programs, in Spring 2013.

Note: This report does not account for clients receiving food from other food providers such as day care centers and senior centers, residential programs for disabled and other food bank programs such as Kids Cafe and Kids Link.

Following are the choices client households reported making in the past 12 months:

  • 76% report choosing between paying for food and pay for utilities
    • 40% of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 67% report making choices between paying for food and paying for transportation.
    • 39% of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 79% report choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
    • 38% of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 54% report choosing between paying for food and paying for housing.
    • 33% of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 39% report choosing between paying for food and paying for school loans, tuition or other educational expenses.
    • 31% are making the choice every month.

You can be sure your gift to Food Bank for Larimer County will be used efficiently and effectively to feed those in need. $.96 of $1 is used for hunger-relief programming. And with just $1, Food Bank for Larimer County can provide $5 worth of food to an individual or family in need. We greatly respect and value our donors; please visit our Privacy Policy which ensures our commitment to you. For the 12th straight year, the Food Bank for Larimer County has been ranked as a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator.

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