Child Nutrition

Nearly 1 in 3 Larimer County children is at risk for hunger. To address the serious issue of food insecurity in children, the Food Bank provides food to children in need year round through three programs: Kids Cafe, Kids Link and Backpack.

Kids Cafe: After School and Summer Meals and Snacks

Kids Cafe is a national program supported by Feeding America. The Food Bank for Larimer County provides food to eligible, school-aged children at sites throughout Larimer County. With a full-time chef and registered dietitian on staff, the focus of Kids Cafe is on nutrition. Meals are cooked from scratch and exceed USDA and National School Lunch nutrition standards.

Kids Cafe 2015 Summer Meal Sites

Kids Cafe Sites 2015Meals and Service TimesDays of ServiceDates of Service
 Boys and Girls Club Fort Collins

1608 Lancer Drive, Fort Collins
970.484.5198
Members only. Call for membership information.

Breakfast:  8:45 am

Lunch: 11:30 am

Mon-Fri6/2-8/14
 Boys and Girls Club Loveland
2500 E 1st St, Loveland
970.663.5450
Members only. Call for membership information.
Breakfast:  8:30 am

Lunch: 12:15 pm

Mon-Fri6/2-8/14
 Boys and Girls Club Wellington
3815 W. Harrison Ave, Wellington
970.568.7338
Members only. Call for membership information.
Lunch:  12:00 pm

Snack: 3:00 pm

Mon-Fri6/2-8/14
 Northside Aztlan Community Center
112 E Willow, Fort Collins
970.221.6256
Open to all.
Breakfast:  9:30 am

Lunch: 12:30 pm

Mon-Fri6/1-8/21
 The Matthews House at the Genesis Project
400 S Link Lane, Fort Collins
Open to all.
Lunch: 12:00 pm

(Cold)

Mon-Fri6/1-8/14
 Harmony Road Mobile Home Community
2500 E Harmony Rd, Fort Collins
Residents only.
Breakfast:  9:30 am

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Mon-Thurs6/22-8/6
 Maple Terrace Kids Club
574 E 23rd St, Loveland
Residents only.
Breakfast:  9:45 am

Lunch:  12:00 pm

Mon-Fri6/1-7/31
 Lago Vista Mobile Home Community
420 East 57th St, Loveland
Residents only.
Lunch: 11:30 pm

(Cold)

Mon-Fri6/1-8/15

(closed 6/29-7/3)

 Base Camp at O’Dea Elementary
312 Princeton Rd, Fort Collins
970.266.1734
Members only. Call for information.
Lunch: 11:00 am

Snack: 2:00 pm

Mon-Fri6/1-8/7
 CARE Housing at Peace with Christ Lutheran Church
1412 W Swallow Rd, Fort Collins
Open to all.
Lunch: 12:00 pm

(Cold)

Mon-Fri6/8-8/14
Boys & Girls Club – Estes Park
1505 Brodie Ave, Estes Park
970.586.2361, ext. 3113
Members only. Call for membership information.
Breakfast: 8:30 am

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Mon-Fri6/2-8/14

Kids Link: Snacks for Schools in Larimer County

Funded by the Food Bank, the Kids Link program provides snacks to schools that serve children in need. The program partners with teachers, counselors and outreach workers to provide fruit and/or individually wrapped snacks to help a hungry child maintain focus throughout the day.

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 email Bruce Wallace, Programs Director, or call 970.682.9172.