Food Bank Signature Events


Empty Bowls

For 17 years, Empty Bowls Fort Collins has ladled community hope for those struggling with hunger in Larimer County. The event offers guests the opportunity to select a pottery bowl made by students in the Poudre School District or by a local artist and enjoy signature soups provided by area restaurants. In addition to tasting delicious hand-crafted soups, guests can choose to bid on silent auction items while enjoying live music from an area band.




With flavorful food, complementing beverages and a passion for helping the hungry, the area’s top chefs, restaurants, wineries and breweries gather for The TASTE, a major fundraising event for the Food Bank for Larimer County. You won’t find another opportunity to try a wide variety of fabulous food and delicious drink under one roof!




Corporate Food Fight

For the entire month of April, businesses throughout Larimer County  compete to raise the most food and funds in the Corporate Food Fight.




Front Range Rally

The Front Range Rally, is a craft beer and food truck festival. Festival goers enjoy samples of over 100 craft beers and amazing food ranging from BBQ to crepes as well as live music in the great Colorado outdoors.



Annual Events


Great Plates of Downtown

Great Plates of Downtown is a partnership between the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and member restaurants and provides diners. For two weeks in March, restaurants offer dining specials and encourage patrons to "leave their change" for the Food Bank.

Plant It Forward

Each growing season, Larimer County residents are asked to "plant it forward" in an effort to provide fresh produce for neighbors in need. Plant It Forward is a joint partnership between the Food Bank and the Gardens on Spring Creek.



Stamp Out Hunger

Held on the second Saturday in May and sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive.



9Cares...Colorado Shares

In June and November, the 9Cares team gathers throughout Colorado to collect food and funds for the five Colorado food banks.



KUNC Tuna Fish & Peanut Butter Concert

For over twenty years, KUNC 91.5 FM has organized and hosted the summertime Tuna Fish & Peanut Butter Concert, a benefit for the Weld Food Bank and the Food Bank for Larimer County. The community favorite concert takes place in June at the Promenade Shops at Centerra. Although the concert is free to attend, listeners are encouraged to bring a non-perishable or cash donation to benefit Northern Colorado food banks.



Hunger Action Month

Hunger Action Month makes it easy for everyone to get involved in the fight to end hunger. The Food Bank encourages simple actions to take during the month of September to fight hunger in Larimer County.


Cans Around the Oval

Cans Around the Oval is the largest community food drive benefiting the Food Bank for Larimer County. More than 150 different CSU campus and community organizations participate in this event each October to bring much needed food for hunger relief programs to the Food Bank. In 2013, the drive collected nearly 40,000 pounds of food and nearly $50,000. The event is sponsored and organized by the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office at CSU.


Turkey Round Up

Each holiday season, the Food Bank collects, stores and then distributes turkeys and holiday "fixins" to our agency partners, including Salvation Army and Catholic Charities who, in turn, provide holiday meals and/or holiday meal baskets. To help meet the need, Poudre School District holds its Annual Turkey Round Up each November. PSD staff and students compete to collect the most turkeys to donate to the Food Bank. The remainder of the turkeys are donated by companies, churches and individuals who join together to make sure everyone in our community has a holiday meal.




Thanksgiving Day Run

This annual Fort Collins tradition features a 4 mile run through Old Town Fort Collins and City Park and is a fun way for families to kick off the holiday season while supporting the Food Bank.  



 Bread N Boards

Hosted and organized by Sears Trostel Lumber, Bread N Boards raises more than $20,000 for hunger relief each year. Guests chose from thousands of custom made bread boards to purchase for holiday gift giving and were treated to certificates for a free loaf of bread at Great Harvest Bread Company. Traditionally, this event is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving.


  City & County Food & Fund Drive
For more than 25 years, the City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, and Larimer County have participated in the Food Bank for Larimer County’s Food & Fund Drive Competition, a competition pitting each organization against each other. From bake sales to holiday parties and burrito drives, each department utilizes different incentives and promotions to raise the most funds or food for the Food Bank for Larimer County.


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