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 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.