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The Food Bank for Larimer County

It is difficult to make ends meet given the growing costs of housing, childcare, medical, and other expenses. For adults, hunger impacts focus at work and makes it harder to stay healthy. For kids, hunger affects the ability to learn and thrive. For every $1 donated, we can provide $5 worth of food!

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General
Official Name
Food Bank for Larimer County​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
N/A
Former Name(s)
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Acronym
FBLC
Date Established
1984
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
74-2336171
Addresses
Headquarters Address
5706 Wright Drive
Loveland, CO 80538
Colorado Location
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Mailing Address
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Other Address
1301 Blue Spruce Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524

2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Loveland, CO 80538
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
970-493-4477
Fax Number
N/A
Other Phone Number
N/A
Web/Email
Email
hbuoniconti@foodbanklarimer.org
Website
www.foodbanklarimer.org
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Mission Statement

To provide food to all in need through community partnerships and hunger relief programs.

Organization History

Imagine trying to operate a food bank out of 900 square feet of space - with only one phone, a chair, and a card table. Sandy Bowden didn't just imagine it, she did it! The genesis of the food bank was a survey in 1983 conducted by Bowden, a VISTA volunteer. The intent was to determine the food status of the elderly and low-income residents in our community. The survey made it clear there was a need for a centralized location where donated food could be given to those in need. Fortunately, the reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was able to donate space in a building on east Oak Street in Fort Collins. In the first month of operation, volunteers were proud to give out 3,800 pounds of food.

What began as a small operation to feed more people in Larimer County has grown into a far-reaching and efficient organization. The Food Bank for Larimer County now serves 7.2 million meals annually to over 37,500 individuals through various programs.

Our Fresh Food Share program is one of the nation's largest client-choice fresh food pantries. Around 14,000 individuals receive food each month through our two main locations in Fort Collins and Loveland, a pantry at the Family Medicine Center, and several mobile pantries. We distribute enough food to provide each client with the equivalent of 1.5 meals per day.

Our Nutritious Kitchen programs serve free, scratch-cooked meals and snacks to children during the school year and summer at locations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs. Snacks are provided to Poudre and Thompson School District students through Kids Link, a partnership with the Junior League. In 2016, we began serving meals to seniors through a partnership with Volunteers of America.

The Nourishing Network program allows over 85 non-profit partners to receive food for their programs, saving them more than $2 million in food costs annually.

In May of 2018, we moved our offices, kitchen, and warehouse to a new facility at 5706 Wright Drive in Loveland. This new headquarters provides 42,000 square feet of office and warehouse space, including 173,500 cubic feet of freezer and cooler space. This building will allow us to continue to grow to meet the need for food in Larimer County for many years to come.

Testimonials

"We are overjoyed with all the snacks we have been receiving this year, it has been amazing. Students are able to function so much better with food in their tummies and now they know they can count on having a snack even when they didn't bring one from home!"

"I've volunteered at a number of food banks throughout my life and noticed that there's usually only a lot of processed foods to choose from. Not here. I was blown away at the variety of organic foods, gluten-free options, and fresh produce."

"At the age of 59 ½ I was laid off and found it literally impossible, even working through Larimer County Workforce, to find work and finally got on the old age pension program through the State of Colorado. During this gap, it's [the food bank] been a life saver."

"I appreciate you guys being here... I never thought I would need the Food Bank… I've worked full time my whole life."

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