The Life Cycle of FBLC Food

Food rescue and food repurpose to feed families

The Food Bank for Larimer County has been the leader in our community for rescuing perfectly safe and healthy food since 1984; diverting millions of pounds of food that formerly went into grocers’ dumpsters to instead putting that still high quality food to someone’s dining room table.

If you’ve ever wondered how the FBLC works, it’s important first to understand the life cycle of the food we distribute.

First, we acquire it, then we distribute it, and with the food we cannot safely distribute, we repurpose in a variety of ways.

In 2023, The Food Bank for Larimer County rescued 8 million pounds of food alone. This allowed us to distribute enough for those facing food insecurity 8.2 million meals, 41% of this food was fruits and vegetables.

In the end, almost none – less than 1% of ALL FOOD we begin with – is actually thrown away.

Step 1: Rescue

Even though we haven’t traditionally used the term as often, we’re starting to call call our acquisition of food exactly what it is: food rescue. Food banks essentially invented the concept of rescuing food and it is the primary way we acquire we distribute:

Our food comes to us three ways, split mostly equitably:

  1. Rescued from local farmers and grocers,
  2. Donated by and rescued from community individuals and organizations, and
  3. Purchased from government-funded organizations and equities.

Step 2: Distribute

We distribute all food and resources either directly to individuals or to individuals through our partnerships with community agencies.

Distribution via Nourishing Network
Our network of community agencies is our Nourishing Network program.

Our Nourishing Network includes partner food agencies, shelters and residences, and more.

Representatives from these agency partners come to our central warehouse and pick up food and other essentials in bulk. They then return to their location of distribution and individuals receive the items. For example, victims of domestic violence who are being temporarily housed at Crossroads Safehouse receive food onsite at the safehouse. But, the food gets there from Crossroads staff members obtaining it from us here at the warehouse.

Distribution Directly to Client
Individuals receive food from us directly via the two Fresh Food Share brick-and-mortar pantry locations, mobile pantries, snacks and lunch given to kids during summer feeding programs, and senior outreach program. The Food Bank has two brick-and-mortar pantry locations in Fort Collins and Loveland called Fresh Food Share pantries.

The Fresh Food Share pantries are our brick-and-mortar locations. Just like a grocery store, clients can choose what they shop for. We offer a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, dairy, and shelf-stable items – all at no cost to shoppers. The experience is in many ways just like shopping in grocery store; clients enter with a grocery cart, take the items they need, and check out upon exit.  

Step 3: Repurpose

Due to an efficiently run program and highly competent team of staff and volunteers, we’re able to distribute more than 95% of all the food we acquire. Of the remaining 5%, 75% is donated to various farmers and organizations to be used for animal feed and compost.

For example, produce that is no longer safe for humans to eat is given to local farms for animal consumption. Overripe produce is donated to the W.O.L.F Sanctuary in Bellvue, 4H kids raising livestock, and a number of local farmers raising goats, pigs, cows, and even yaks.

Only food that is unfit for human AND animal consumption is actually thrown away. Overall, less than 1% of ALL food we originally acquire ends up in the landfill. 

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A full closure of northbound College Ave. in Fort Collins will affect easy/regular access to our Food Share location at 1301 Blue Spruce from April 15 – 19. Plan accordingly. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Loveland Fresh Food Share has closed early Saturday, Feb. 24. It will re-open during regular business hours Tuesday. 


The Food Bank Food Share location at both Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) and Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) are closed Saturday, April 6.

Administrative Offices at Wright Drive in Loveland are closed Friday, April 5. 


Las ubicaciones de Food Share del Banco de Alimentos en Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) y Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) estarán cerradas el sábado 6 de abril.

Las oficinas administrativas en Wright Drive en Loveland estarán cerradas el viernes 5 de abril.

Due to inclement weather, the Food Bank’s office and Fresh Food Shares will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Normal business hours will resume at all locations Wednesday.
Please stay warm! 
Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, la oficina del Banco de Comida y Fresh Food Shares estarán cerradas el martes 16 de enero.
El horario comercial normal se reanudará en todas las ubicaciones el miércoles.
¡Manténgase abrigado!

Due to winter holidays, please observe the changes in our regular schedule listed below:


Dec. 23-26: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Dec. 27-29: OPEN Regular Hours

Dec. 30 – Jan. 1: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Jan. 2: OPEN – Resume Regular Hours


We are different together.

At FBLC we are not all the same. And that is our greatest strength. We draw from our differences of who we are, what we have experienced, and how we think. We cultivate a dynamic and diverse work environment, one that plays a critical role in our ambitious work to end hunger, so we believe in including everyone.

FBLC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws and ordinances in the provisions of its programs, services, or activities to include discrimination against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

FBLC’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities, and programs and general treatment during employment.

We embrace a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity.

Our goal is to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.

FBLC endeavors to make our careers site accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact our Human Resources team at This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Thinking about applying and feel you may not meet all of our qualifications?

If you believe you can shine in one of our roles, we encourage you to apply!

Be aware of altered Food Share hours during the week of

Monday, November 20 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22 | OPEN | noon – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 23 | CLOSED
Friday, November 24 | CLOSED
Saturday, November 25 | CLOSED
Sunday, November 26 | CLOSED
Monday, November 27 | CLOSED – Regular schedule resumes

If there is a government shutdown...

The most important thing for you to know, is the Food Bank for Larimer County IS NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. No matter what happens, we will remain open and available to support you. 

There will be other changes you’ll need to know about.  Click here to learn more. 

Si hay un cierre del gobierno...

Lo más importante que debe saber es que el Banco de Comida del Condado de Larimer NO ES UNA AGENCIA GOBERNAMENTAL. Pase lo que pase, permaneceremos abiertos y disponibles para apoyarlos.

Habrá otros cambios que necesitarás conocer. Clic aquí para saber más.

The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, September 2. 

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, September 4.


El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 2 de septiembre y lunes, 4 de septiembre.

Food Bank for Larimer County is closed Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

Banco de comida ester estará cerrado el miércoles, 23 de agosto de 2023.