Child Nutrition Programs
The Food Bank for Larimer County is working to serve children at risk for hunger through three main programs:
Kids Cafe: Our Full Meal Program
Kids Cafe provides children, ages 3-18 who are at risk of hunger, access to a nutritious meal after school and during the summer months. The Food Bank has partnered with several Larimer County sites to serve the meals. With a full-time chef and registered dietician on staff, the focus of Kids Cafe is on nutrition. Research shows low-income children are more likely to be obese, and our program strives to fight that trend.
Click here to see the listing of 2013-14 School Year Sites.
Kids Link: Serving Schools in Larimer County
Kids Link provides Larimer County schools with the opportunity to access snacks for free. Our Kids Link program has two components:
Direct Snack. Funded by the Federal Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), this program provides a two component snack prepared and delivered by the Food Bank. Schools with over 50% free and reduced population qualify for the program. Our snack menu is designed by our Child Nutrition Coordinator/Registered Dietician. All snacks meet or exceed USDA guidelines for nutrition and focus on fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
Indirect Snack. Funded by the Food Bank, teachers, outreach workers and principals can apply to participate in this program. Once accepted, schools can "shop" for snacks at the Food Bank.
Backpack: Supplemental Food for Weekends
Launched by Feeding America in 1995, the Backpack program is administered through the Food Bank and provides children in need with a weekend food pack filled with nutritious, non-perishable items. Schools refer children in need to the program. Each bag consists of at least one main meal per day, breakfast items, peanut butter, milk and snacks to get the children through the weekend. Items are easy to open, heat and consume, even for a small child.
Backpack Partners: McKinney (PSD Schools) and Loveland Rotary (Thompson School District).
To learn more, please contact Bruce Wallace, Program Director, at 970.682.9172.