The Food Bank for Larimer County

It is difficult to make ends meet given the growing costs of housing, childcare, medical, and other expenses. Many families face tough decisions between buying food and paying their bills. At the Food Bank for Larimer County, 94% of donated resources go directly to our hunger-relief programs!

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Fresh Food Share

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public
Homeless

Description

Fresh Food Share is the single largest direct-service pantry in Larimer County, providing free food to nearly 14,000 people each month. We distributed 7.2 million pounds of food through Fresh Food Share in 2018, and over 40% of what we distribute is fresh produce.

Our clients receive government commodities under two different programs: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). As a member of Feeding America, we acquire truckloads of donated food from distributors for the cost of freight and handling. Additionally, we distribute bread, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other non-perishable food items that our four truck drivers rescue daily from area grocery stores and kitchens.

We recently conducted a gap analysis to determine where in Larimer County individuals lack access to our services. This led to the addition of mobile pantry sites, including at Foothills Unitarian Church and Grace Place Berthoud, to allow clients to access food at more convenient locations and hours. We hope to reach more food-insecure residents in the county through sites like these.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We receive feedback from clients that using the Food Bank for Larimer County allows them to stretch their funds for mortgages or rent, medicine, childcare, and other bills. The fact that we are able to provide such a large amount of food demonstrates the positive relationships we have developed with local food distributors, grocery stores, and the public. We consistently rank highly in the Feeding America network for the number of pounds distributed per person.

Nutritious Kitchen

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

Food Bank for Larimer County's Nutritious Kitchen provides meals and snacks to children and seniors in Larimer County.

Research shows that children who don't have enough to eat often experience poor health, hospitalization, developmental delays, and difficulties in school. With the hard work of our registered dietitian and experienced kitchen staff, our child nutrition programs ensure children in Larimer County have access to healthy food options during the school year and summer. Each meal meets or exceeds USDA guidelines and is prepared fresh in our commercial kitchen by staff and volunteers. Menu items are kid-tested, great-tasting, and nutritious!

Kids Cafe serves free, nutritious meals to children ages 5 to 18 at several sites where children already congregate, including Boys and Girls Clubs, community centers, residential communities, and schools. In 2018, we provided over 165,000 meals and snacks through Kids Cafe.

Kids Link, our partnership with the Junior League of Fort Collins, provides snacks to schools in the Poudre and Thompson School Districts. To qualify, at least 50% of students must be eligible for the free or reduced meal program. We distributed over 150,000 snacks through Kids Link in 2018.

In 2016, the Food Bank for Larimer County began providing catered meals to low-income seniors through a partnership with Volunteers of America. Over 22,000 senior meals were served in 2018 at sites including the Fort Collins Senior Center. The meals are prepared according to recommended dietary guidelines for seniors while maintaining flavor and variety.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Recent research shows that the food insecurity rate for children in Larimer County is 33%, meaning thousands of children do not have consistent or adequate amounts of food. Records of the number of meals served are maintained for reporting purposes. The number of meals and snacks served through our child programs demonstrates that the Food Bank is making a significant impact by feeding thousands of children every year. The positive feedback we have received from the senior meal program shows that we provide not only nutritious meals, but opportunities for seniors to socialize and improve their overall well-being.

Nourishing Network

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

The Food Bank partners with over 80 other non-profit organizations in the community, including food pantries, kitchens, shelters, childcare and residential programs, and centers for the disabled. The Food Bank provides quality food to these partner agencies at extremely low rates (shared maintenance fees), while produce is free. The agencies in turn distribute the food to low-income and at-risk populations.

Guidelines for agency membership include:

Agency must have a 501(c)(3) federal non-profit tax exempt status.
Agency must have a Federal Employer Identification Number.
Agency must provide services to the ill, elderly, needy, or children under 18 years of age.
Agency must have, or be prepared to have, adequate dry cooler and/or freezer storage to ensure wholesomeness of food until used or redistributed.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2018, more than 1.1 million pounds of food were provided to local agencies, saving them $2,000,000 to invest in critical programming. Agencies are monitored regularly to ensure food safety and continued guideline compliance, as required by our contract with Feeding America.

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