1983

VISTA volunteer, Sandy Bowden, completes survey to analyze the food needs of low income and senior residents of Larimer County. Determines need for a centralized location for donated food.

1984

Imagine trying to operate a Food Bank out of 900 square feet of space – with only one phone, a chair, and a card table. Sandy Bowden didn’t just imagine it, she did it.

1984 – 1986

The early years were difficult. Operating from a small space with little storage – Sandy, her family, and a cadre of volunteers would sometimes have to carry boxes of food down a dark flight of stairs to store it and then carry it back up for distribution. Food in those days came primarily from rotating food drives between different houses of worship.

1986

Food Bank joins America’s Second Harvest, known today as Feeding America.

1987

Thanks to the vision of one donor and board member, Food Bank purchases warehouse facility at 1301 Blue Spruce to accommodate f future growth. At the time, the space was much more than needed, but areas were rented out as a source of income.

First Cans Around the Oval collects 5,318 dry goods and 3,313 cans.

1991

Food Bank distributes 1,000,000 pounds for the first time. Food Bank begins accepting prepared foods CSU and PVH. This program is still in operation.

1995

New 30×40 foot freezer installed to store increasing amounts of donated frozen foods.

1997

Food Bank is inundated with calls for help from the Red Cross to assist over 300 families impacted by the Spring Creek flood.

1998

New repack room and commercial kitchen opens allowing bulk foods to be packaged in client-sized portions.

2001

After completion of a capital campaign raising $850,000, employees moved into new offices in the front of the building and our Food Share program moved to the next level of service with a warehouse renovation to specifically dedicate space for the program.

2005

The Food Bank launches the Kids Cafe program at four sites in Larimer County.

2006

Food Share program expands into Loveland location.

2011

After completion of a $2.2 million dollar capital campaign, the Food Bank expands its southern Larimer County reach by opening a larger, more efficient Food Share pantry in Loveland at 2600 N. Lincoln Avenue.

2013

Food Bank distributes a record-breaking 8.7 million pounds of food to reach 100,000,000 pounds distributed since opening in 1984.

2014

Food Bank launches 5-Year Strategic Plan and identifies 4 Strategic Priorities: 1) FEED 2) LEAD 3) NOURISH 4) STRENGTHEN.