Walmart’s Fight Hunger Spark Change Campaign Kicks Off April 6

Fight Hunger Spark Change_LogoFrom April 6 to May 3, 2015 Walmart is teaming up with Feeding America member food banks, including the Food Bank for Larimer County, to fight hunger and spark change across the country.

3 easy ways you can help:

In-store Purchases
Purchase your favorite specially marked products and participating manufacturers will donate $0.10/per item to member food banks based on the location where the items are purchased.

Register Donations
Your financial gifts of any amount made at the register will be allocated to member food banks based on the location where the donation is made.

Social Media
Share your smiles to raise funds for the Feeding America food banks, including ours! During the campaign, Walmart will raise awareness about the one in six people struggling with hunger in the U.S through a social media challenge. All food banks stand to benefit! Here’s how it works:

  1. Take a picture of six people committed to fighting hunger (for the 1 in 6 people in our nation who struggles with hunger)
  2. Post the picture on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – use the campaign hashtag #wesparkchange
  3. Make sure your post is public to ensure it can be counted
  4. Walmart will donate $10 for every qualifying post, up to $1.5 million!
  5. Share your post and encourage others to participate

 

April is National Volunteer Month!

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Volunteers are the hearts and hands of our organization.  Without them, we would not be able to provide food to nearly 36,000 people each year. In 2014, over 2,400 volunteers donated their time and talents to the Food Bank. These volunteers logged over 34,000 hours of service; the equivalent of 16 full-time staff!

Volunteer positions at the Food Bank vary from regular weekly shifts that include sorting food or assembling meals for our Kids Cafe and snack programs to one-time assistance at one of our special events. We also offer group volunteer opportunities. To learn more about volunteering at the Food Bank, click here.

To all of our volunteers, thank you for all that you do!

Take a sneak peek at the 2015 TASTE Menu!

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4th Street Chophouse

Confit lamb belly sliders; Chophouse crab cakes

Ace Gillett’s Lounge

Steamed buns with house cured pork belly, Asian BBQ sauce  and fresh Kim Chi; Ahi lomi lomi on puffed rice; montaditos

Austin’s American Grill

Slow roasted pork ribs, chipotle barbecue sauce, roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Avogadro’s Number

Roasted chicken noodle soup; a variety of open-faced sandwiches; homemade chocolate chip cookies

Babette’s Feast Catering

Mini quiche appetizers; beef/asparagus roll-ups; chocolate truffles

Beantrees Drive-Thru Coffee Café

Iced chai and flavored lattés; hot regular and decaf drip coffee

Bent Fork the Grill

Buffalo pot roast with Parmesan scalloped potatoes and butternut squash

Biergarten @ Anheuser-Busch

“Chipanada” slider-size Budweiser-poached bratwurst with black crown onions; caprese skewers; Island Cake (Goose-Island carrot cake)

Bisetti’s Ristorante

Roasted garlic rock shrimp penne; tiramisu

The Boot Grill

Slow-marinated pepper steak medallions; cream cheese bites with balsamic sweet chili drizzle; house-made pork green chili

Butter Cream Cupcakery

Red velvet, vanilla on chocolate mini cupcakes, and salted caramel mini cupcakes

Cache Old Town Bar & Grill

Café Vino

Bacon wrapped dates; “barely buzzed” cheddar and balsamic pearl onion skewers; dark chocolate truffle/milk chocolate raspberry truffle; blood orange macaroon

CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

Sigda’s Green Chili Ale cheddar elk sausage on a pretzel bun with bacon beer sauerkraut; cheese and artichoke dip in a mini bread boule; white chocolate bread pudding

El Monte Grill

Duck tamales with house-made mole

Enzio’s Italian Kitchen

Pasta putanesca, roasted chicken, olives, garlic, tomato, chile infused ditalini; angel wing cookie; blueberry infused ganache; vanilla bean anglaise

FCB Modern Tavern

Chocolate Stout braised sirloin tacos with roasted red pepper coulis topped with cojita; bacon-wrapped pretzels with IPA mustard; smoked marzen bacon beer jam crostini with ale-braised turkey and dill havarti

Fish

Gluten free, organic king salmon gravlax canapé; gluten free juniper and coffee crusted albacore with stone fruit demi

Food Bank for Larimer County Community Kitchen

Whole wheat soft pretzel with cheese sauce; meatball slider on a whole wheat bun; Southwest lasagna

Food for Thought Catering

Beet goat cheese ravioli with micro greens and honey herb vinaigrette; Peruvian chicken wings; pork meatballs stir fry

Happy Lucky’s Teahouse & Treasures

Cocoa Rosa herbal blend; Wuyi Oolong; apple cinnamon spice black tea blend; Rooibos Red Bush Chai herbal blend; iced hibiscus ginger lemonade

Island Grill

Blackened fish tacos

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar

Fresh shucked oysters, atomic cocktail sauce, lemon, mignonette; scallop aranicini, bacon aioli, pea shoots; s’mores torte, dark chocolate ganache

Mainline Ale House

50/50 sliders; grilled sweet corn bisque; crème fraiche (gluten free); PB and marshmallow brownies

Moot House

Red bird chicken terrine, Hatch green chile, stone ground grits; dark chocolate mousse, salted caramel, espresso crunch

Pulcinella Pizzeria

Gourmet spinach pizza; garlic cheese bread; gourmet marinara sauce

RARE Italian

House-made mozzarella; peperonata with crostini

Restaurant 415

Mini beet salads with house-made balsamic dressing, mini fried goat cheese, roasted beets; vegetarian stuffed shells; spaghetti squash

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Shrimp diabla; Rio house salsa; Rio atomica salsa; Rio crème brule

Social

Jamón serrano; smoked salmon pâté

Spoons Soups and Salads

A taste of international soups; Spoons handcrafted focaccia bread

Spring Creek Grille @ the Hilton

Buffalo rueben griller; cherry cobbler

Tastebuds Catering and RISE! a breakfast place

Thai pork meatballs with fresh ginger lime glaze; roast kale and white bean crostini

Tortilla Marissa’s

Street tacos with drunken salmon, pork with mango mole and  achiote chicken – all gluten free; guacamole, chips and salsa

beef/asparagus roll-ups; chocolate truffles

 

 

Join the fight!

FoodFightLogo v 6Grab your colleagues and join the fight against hunger in our community by participating in the Corporate Food Fight. Now in its 16th year, the Corporate Food Fight challenges local businesses to raise food and funds for the Food Bank for Larimer County. The event runs the entire month of April, but each company designs their own campaign timeline. Some companies do a basic and simple food drive or have a food based event like a bake sale or chili cook-off – others get down-right creative and do things like executive tricycle races or have genuine food fights! Big or small, your business can make a huge impact on the fight against hunger in our community! To join the fight, contact Heather Buoniconti before April 1.

The 15th annual Corporate Food Fight raised nearly $120,000 and over 10,500 pounds of food! Thirty-two companies participated in our biggest fundraiser of the year. And in 15 years, the Food Fight has raised nearly $1 million for local hunger-relief programs. 

These companies have already joined the fight!

Advantage Bank  * Associates in Family Medicine * AMD * Avago Technologies * CA Techonologies * Clay Pot Creative * Constant Contact * Employment Solutions * Eye Center of Northern Colorado * FirstBank * First National Bank * First Tech Federal Credit Union – Fort Collins * First Tech Federal Credit Union – Loveland * First Western Trust * Flood and Peterson * Heska * HP * Intel * Liberty Tax Service * LPR Construction * Neenan Company * New Belgium Brewing * NVIDIA * Odell Brewing Company * Platte River Power Authority * PROSCI * University of Colorado Health * Versus Bank * Xcel Energy * Wells Fargo Advisors – Davis Management Group * Woodward

 

 

 

Tickets on sale now for THE TASTE!

TASTE-logo-tagline-final (2)For over two decades, local chefs and beverage purveyors have donated their time, talents and fabulous fare to help fight hunger in our community. THE TASTE, a celebration of the area’s food and beverage culture, gives the community an opportunity to enjoy elegant cuisine and fine beverages in an evening designed to support the Food Bank for Larimer County. This year’s event will be held on April 16, 2015 at the Hilton Fort Collins from 6-9 pm, with a VIP reception from 5-6 pm.More than 30 restaurants and 20 wine distributors and breweries have signed on to support this year’s event.

“We are fortunate to live in a very generous community,” said Amy Pezzani, Executive Director, Food Bank for Larimer County. “We also live in a community that is proud of our food and beverage culture. Attending THE TASTE is a great opportunity to enjoy a sampling of the best of Larimer County and provide support for local hunger-relief programs. THE TASTE is a cocktail party for a great cause!”

Tickets to Northern Colorado’s foodie event are on sale now. VIP tickets are $100 and will provide $500 worth of food to neighbors in need.  A $65 General Admission ticket can provide $325 worth of food. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tastebenefit.org.VIP Guests will enjoy a special champagne toast and exclusive gourmet cheese sampling during the 5 pm reception thanks to sponsors Fortified Collaborations, MouCo Cheese and Whole Foods Market Fort Collins. In addition, VIP guests also receive a special walk about tray to hold food and beverages, preferred parking and entry into a special prize drawing.

All TASTE guests enjoy unlimited samples of delicious food and fabulous drink and the opportunity to chat with local chefs, wine experts and brew masters in a fun-filled, cocktail party atmosphere. Guests also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite restaurant and beverage purveyor and award the “Toast of THE TASTE.” Live music and a silent auction filled with fun items and experiences donated by local businesses round out the evening.

“Attendees will get to sample great food from their favorite local chefs and have the opportunity to try several of our new local restaurants, while sampling many great local beers and wine,” said Kristina Cash, restaurant chair. “We are grateful to all of our restaurants, wine suppliers and breweries for their generous support; we couldn’t do this event without them!”

To see the complete list of restaurants and breweries, visit www.tastebenefit.org.

 

 

New! Host A Healthy Food Drive!

food drive poster 2015_11x17In honor of  the nearly 36,000 Larimer County residents that lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life, the Food Bank places a high priority on providing nutritious food for our clients. We know more than ever about the link between food insecurity, poverty and diet related disease. Food insecurity in itself has serious health consequences for children as well as adults. Children from families that struggle with food insecurity are more likely to experience poor physical health and hospitalization, developmental delays, and often struggle in school. Furthermore, many of the risks of being food insecure are the same as those of becoming obese including limited resources; lack of access to healthy, affordable foods; cycles of deprivation and overeating; and high levels of stress. While the public health crises of obesity and diet related diseases affect all segments of the population, they disproportionately impact the communities we serve.

For three decades, countless groups have hosted food drives for our Food Bank. Community-sponsored fund and food drives are important sources of  food for those we serve. To help us provide the most nutritious foods possible for our clients, we are encouraging the community to transform the traditional food drive to one focused on giving the gift of health.

Hosting A Healthy Food Drive Is Easy!

  1. Fill out the online Food Drive Application
  2. Print off  Healthy Food Drive Poster(s) to promote your event. (PDF Format.)
  3. Schedule a time to pick up additional food drive materials (posters, barrels, boxes, etc.)Please note, due to resource constraints, we are only able to pick up food drives over 1,000 pounds (approximately 1,000 cans or 4+full barrels)
  4. Check above to the right for a list of most needed food items.
  5. Have fun!

Healthy Food Drive Items

  • Peanut butter (non-hydrogenated oil)
  • Canned meat/fish (chicken, salmon, tuna)
  • Canned Fruit in Fruit Juice
  • Whole grain, low sugar cereal
  • Canned Soup (low sodium)

Cooper Home Culinary Club

In February, IMG_1845the Food Bank launched a new partnership with Poudre School District to host the “Cooper Home Culinary Club.”  Cooper Home helps high school graduates, ages 18-21, transition into their next phase of life by providing opportunities to learn life skills in order to gain independence. Student services include: Job coaching; training in work-related skills; planning menus, grocery shopping and cooking; riding public transportation; and developing organizational skills.

According to Truman Solverud, Cooper Home’s Job Developer/Vocational Paraprofessional,   “One of our primary [program] objectives is to help our students understand their role and context in the community in which they live – responsibility and citizenship. Working at the Food Bank helps our young adults transition from being helped to being the helper.” IMG_1826

Young adults in the Culinary Club work at the Food Bank on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5:30 pm. Under the supervision of Food Bank kitchen staff, students learn food preparation, dishwashing, cleaning, portioning and recipe execution. In addition to gaining experience in a commercial kitchen, these students are helping the Food Bank provide meals and snacks for our child nutrition programs. Ultimately, the Culinary Club provides students with basic skills that they can apply to future employment.

“[This program allows] our students also gain valuable experience in the workplace to work towards employability which is an overwhelming challenge for individuals with disabilities in our community, with a national unemployment rate near 85%,” added Truman.

National Nutrition Month

NNMMarch is National Nutrition Month. In honor of the nearly 36,000 Larimer County residents that lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life, the Food Bank places a high priority on providing nutritious food for our clients. Food insecurity in itself has serious health consequences for children as well as adults. Children from families that struggle with food insecurity are more likely to experience poor physical health and hospitalization, developmental delays and often struggle in school. For adults, many of the risks of being food insecure are the same as those of becoming obese including limited resources; lack of access to healthy, affordable foods; cycles of deprivation and overeating; and high levels of stress.food drive poster 2015_11x17

In 2014, we distributed more than 3 million pounds of fresh produce. In combination with our work to source and distribute healthy foods, we are providing nutrition education to our clients through our Tasting Table program and our Eat Well, Be Well nutrition education campaign. And just last week, we launched our “Host A Healthy Food Drive” program. Our ultimate goal is to move our clients from hunger to health.

According to our annual client nutrition survey, our focus on providing healthy foods IS making an impact. 

  • 88.7% of clients surveyed would eat less than 3 servings of fruits and vegetables per day if they didn’t have access to Food Share program.
  • 55.8% of clients surveyed indicated that Tasting Table has helped them add fresh fruits and vegetables to their diets.
  • 59% of clients surveyed said Tasting Table has taught them new ways to prepare meals
  • 70% of clients surveyed reported eating better due to Food Share; 30% reported feeling better; 15% stated better mental focus

Food Bank Announces Einstein Challenge: $40,000 Matching Campaign

Einstein Challenge SmallLast year was one for the record books. We provided food for a record-breaking 6,144,617 meals to our Food Share clients. We distributed an unprecedented 8,918,016 pounds of food through our three hunger-relief programs. The number of meals and snacks we provided to children in need through our Kids Cafe program increased 21%. With the help of our partners, we provided more weekend food packs for homeless and near homeless children than ever before. And perhaps most troubling, the number of seniors we served through our Food Share pantry increased for the fifth year in a row.

The Problem = Funding Needed to Feed More People than Ever Before

For many years, the Food Bank for Larimer County participated in the Feinstein Foundation $1M giveaway split proportionately amongst hundreds of hunger relief agencies based on funds raised in March and April. This year the Feinstein Foundation decided to direct their focus elsewhere. We have relied on this successful campaign to fulfill our fundraising goals and to continue to meet the need in our community.

The Solution = The Einstein Challenge

To replace the Feinstein giveaway, local philanthropists, the FBLC Board of Directors, and the Davis Wealth Management Group at Wells Fargo Advisors have stepped up to the fill the gap by offering the Einstein Challenge – an ingenious way to fight hunger in Larimer County. These leaders have pledged up to $40,000 and are challenging the community to match that amount to make sure the Food Bank can continue to fulfill our mission. Your gift, no matter how big or small, can help us meet our goal. During the months of March and April, your donation will be matched and will now go twice as far in providing food to our hungry neighbors! Every $1 becomes $2. So a gift of $10, which normally provides $50 worth of food, will now provide $100 worth of food!

This is a huge opportunity to make your donation go even further. Please consider making a donation to the Food Bank for Larimer County today. Remember, all donations must be made in March or Aprilto qualify.  Please help. The more you give…the more hungry neighbors we can feed. Please donate today!