In thHoliday Emaile first 10 days of December, 10,000 people visited the Food Bank’s Food Share pantry needing help.That’s 1,000 more people than last year at the same time. Times are tough for many of our neighbors this holiday season. We’re serving seniors who are struggling to live on fixed retirement incomes. We’re helping young families who are working, but can’t make ends meet after paying for housing, childcare and other fixed expenses. Students and young graduates are turning to us when the costs of education far out weigh their earnings.
Whatever their situation happens to be, these families and individuals aren’t able to buy enough food and sometimes have to skip meals or make a simple sandwich last an entire day. Without our help, these people face tough choices. Food or rent? Food or childcare? Food or heat? Food or medicine? Fortunately, with the support of donors like you, we are able to help. Our neighbors in need can visit our Food Share pantry twice each week to acquire fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheese, milk and bread.
But with the increased demand for our services this holiday season, comes an increase in our need for your help. Will you donate today to make sure all of our neighbors have enough to eat this holiday season? Just $10 will provide enough food for 40 meals and hope for the future. Thank you so much for your support.

Bread N Boards Raises Record $39,000!

Bread N BoardsSears Trostel’s Annual Bread N Boards fundraiser raised a record-breaking $39,000 for the Food Bank. The long lines when the  doors opened at 8:30 am were a good indication of things to come. In total, just shy of 1,000 custom wooden cutting boards were sold with all proceeds benefiting the Food Bank.  Sears Trostel employees handcraft cutting boards from scrap they collect throughout the year from other projects. With the purchase of each cutting board, guests also received finishing oil and a coupon for a free loaf of bread at Great Harvest. Since the event began nine years ago, it has raised over $180,000 to fight hunger in Larimer County!

Colorado Gives Day is December 9!

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On Tuesday, December 9, Colorado Gives Day, our goal is to raise $100,000 in 24 hours to provide food for 400,000 meals. Each year, we serve nearly 36,000 individuals in need and provide food for more than 7.5 million meals. The numbers are staggering, but this isn’t just about numbers. It’s about real people who are struggling every day. It’s a grandmother living on social security struggling to find affordable housing. It’s a young family faced with housing, transportation and childcare costs while trying to live on wages that barely keep up with price increases. It’s the underemployed who can’t find full-time work in their chosen profession after spending years earning a degree and taking out student loans. These neighbors need your help.

 

 Will you join our supporters across the county and donate on December 9? 

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Don’t Miss Bread N Boards

Bread N Boards web Sears Trostel’s Annual Bread N Boards fundraiser is Saturday, December 6. Doors open at 8:30 am at Sears Trostel, 1500 Riverside Avenue, Fort Collins. Sears Trostel’s beautiful, handmade cutting boards make the perfect holiday gift. For your $25-30 donation you will receive one unique hardwood cutting board, a coupon for one free loaf of Great Harvest bread and one bottle of finishing oil. Personalization is available for an additional charge. A limited number of premium “signature” boards made by Sears Trostel employees and local woodworkers are available at additional cost. All proceeds from the event benefit the Food Bank - last year’s event raised nearly $24,000!

PSD Turkey Round Up Collects Record-breaking 1,669 Turkeys!

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Woooooooo Hoooooo! The Poudre School District and its turkey wranglers collected a record-breaking 1,669 turkeys for the Food Bank! Congratulations to Bacon Elementary School, the top wranglers, for collecting 300 turkeys.  Thank you to all of the schools that participated:  Bacon Elementary, Beattie Elementary, Blevins Middle School, Fort Collins High School, Fossil Ridge High School, Harris Elementary,  Johnson Elementary,  Laurel Elementary, Lesher Middle School, Lopez Elementary,  McGraw Elementary, Olander Elementary, Poudre High School, Preston Middle School, Riffenburgh Elementary, Shepardson Elementary,  Traut Elementary, Webber Middle School  and Zach Elementary. Finally, thanks to the staff at JSSC for delivering turkeys via Buster the school bus. The generosity of the PSD community means that thousands of Larimer County residents will get to enjoy a traditional holiday meal this season. 

 

Many Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

We are so grateful to live in a generous community. This time of year, many businesses and organizations partner with the Food Bank to offer many ways to give back this holiday season. Thank you to everyone for your support of the Food Bank and our vision of a hunger-free Larimer County.

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November 1 – December 31

Feed4More

This holiday season, Whole Foods Market shoppers can donate funds to the Feed4More campaign. Proceeds will be used to purchase foods at cost and then food will be donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

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November 1 – December 31

Donate to the Food Bank at Natural Grocers in November and December and they will match your gift (up to $50,000).

 

 

 

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November 1 – December 31

Check Out Hunger

Walmart shoppers can donate to the Food Bank for Larimer County at the check out counter throughout the holiday season.

 

 

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Turkey Drive

Each year, the Food Bank collects, stores and then distributes frozen turkeys and holiday “fixins” to our agency partners, including Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. Our partners, in turn, provide meals and/or holiday food baskets for people in need. , This year’s goal is 2,500 turkeys – up from 2,000 last year due to increased requests.

Frozen turkeys can be dropped off Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm at the Food Bank facility at 1301 Blue Spruce. 

 

 

 

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Subaru’s Share the Love

This holiday season, with the purchase/lease of any new Subaru at Dellenbach Subaru in Fort Collins, $250 will be donated to the Food Bank. 

 

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Thanksgiving Day Run

This 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. Learn more!

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Bread N’ Boards

Hosted and organized by Sears Trostel Lumber in Fort Collins, 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 are treated to certificates for a free loaf of bread at Great Harvest Bread Company. Learn more! 

 

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Colorado Gives Day

Help us raise $100,000 in one day! Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 Million Incentive Fund created by the partners, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Pre-schedule your donation today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Hour CAN JAM honors 30th Anniversary

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Our 30th Anniversary CAN JAM was a rockin’ good time! In 30 hours, 120 volunteers contributed nearly 168 hours and sorted 42,242 pounds of food!!!

The CAN JAM  offered local businesses, community groups and individuals a fun and meaningful way to combine volunteerism, team building, customer relations and philanthropy to benefit o families in need this holiday season.

Thank you to the following CAN JAM supporters:

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Chipotle

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Colorado State University

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Dohn Construction

First National Wealth Management

Gib’s Bagels

Jimmy John’s

Knapp Productions

LPR Construction

Motherlove

Odell Brewing Company

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Food Bank Needs 2,500 Turkeys!

turkey volunteers smallThe Food Bank is now collecting turkeys for our annual holiday food drive. This year’s goal is 2,500 turkeys – up from 2,000 last year due to increased requests. The Food Bank collects, stores and then distributes these turkeys and holiday “fixins” to our agency partners, including Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. Our partners, in turn, provide meals and/or holiday food baskets for people in need.

Frozen turkeys can be dropped off Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm at the Food Bank facility at 1301 Blue Spruce. 

 

 

 

 

 

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PSD Turkey Round Up

On Wednesday, November 19, the Poudre School District will hold their annual Turkey Round Up. Each year PSD schools compete to collect the most turkeys and help us reach our goal to make sure every neighbor enjoys a traditional holiday meal.

 

Climatewise Partner Profile

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Recently, the Food Bank for Larimer County was featured in the 2014 ClimateWise, Business Smart Partner Profile. Read our profile below to learn more about our ClimateWise initiatives. The Food Bank has participated in the ClimateWise program since 2009. You can learn more about ClimateWise at www.fcgov.com/climatewise.

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In the interest of amping up efficiency and continually serving the community, the Food Bank for Larimer County began a daylighting project to provide direct sunlight to its warehouse. The warehouse was undergoing a roof replacement, so the Food Bank seized the opportunity to reduce its environmental impact and enhance the facility atmosphere.

The results of this project have not been quantified yet, but Bruce Wallace, programs director for the Food Bank for Larimer County is happy to report some of the there are advantages like a safer work environment from increased light and employees who seem to be in better moods.”

This project is just one of the Food Bank’s many accomplishments. The organization also composts any unusable food and strives to provide fresh local produce to those in need.

2.9 Million Pounds of Food Rescued

The food bank’s Food Rescue program is part of their effort to provide fresh local food. In 2013, 60,000 pounds a week were diverted – rescued if you will – from the landfill. The bananas turning from yellow to brown, day-old bakery goods, fresh produce blemished with minor bruises and dented canned goods are all perfectly good, safe, nutritious food products. These products would normally be discarded, tossed out and lost, so the Food Bank’s Food Rescue project collects, inspects and passes the food to those in need.

ClimateWise. Business Smart.

Since 2009, the Food Bank for Larimer County has partnered with the City of Fort Collins’ ClimateWise program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, operate more efficiently and better serve the community.

“As we divert usable food from the landfill, we are being climate wise. At the same time, we have more food on our shelves to distribute, and without direct costs, the return on investment is high. That’s business smart,”declares Bruce.

Bruce also is thankful that “as a ClimateWise partner, the Food Bank is able to make good connections with other local businesses that help us with all of our sustainability programs.”

Questions?

You, too, can help divert food from the landfill. Bruce says if you know of a grocery store or local grower who has food that needs to be rescued, contact him.

Connect with Bruce at bwallace@foodbanklarimer.org.

Cans Around the Oval raises over $47,000!

100_3845The 28th Annual Cans Around the Oval raised over $47,000 and 47,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank, enough to provide over 227,000 meals to feed neighbors in need. Cans Around the Oval is northern Colorado’s largest one day food and fund drive and a true community tradition. This year, nearly 120 groups and 14,000 people participated, including  CSU students, faculty and staff, students from Poudre School District and local businesses. Since its start, Cans Around the Oval has raised $297,176 and 1,390,910 pounds of food or enough to provide 2.35 million meals to feed hungry seniors, children and families struggling to make ends meet.