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.


November 1 – December 31


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.



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).





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:




Colorado State University


Dohn Construction

First National Wealth Management

Gib’s Bagels

Jimmy John’s

Knapp Productions

LPR Construction


Odell Brewing Company

Sam’s Club/Walmart

Silver Mine Subs




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

Energy Savings

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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.”


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

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.

Volunteers Make A Difference

WH VolunteersOn the eve of Make A Difference Day, no one knows the difference volunteers make better than the Food Bank! Last fiscal year, 1,810 volunteers donated nearly 30,400 hours of service to the Food Bank; the equivalent of 14 full-time staff members! We are so fortunate to have such a large group of dedicated volunteers and know that we couldn’t fulfill our mission without their help!

Make a Difference Day

Date: October 24
Time: 1-3 pm
Visit to sign-up.

Holiday Season Volunteer Opportunities

The holidays are just around the corner and with that, comes several volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank. We are looking for volunteers for several upcoming special events; take a look at the listings below to find something that’s right for you!

Bread N’ Boards – Volunteer Sanding Sessions at Sears-Trostel

Locations: 1500 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins
Dates:  November 5, 13
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
How to sign-up: Contact Josh at jbycz@sears-trostel.comor 970-482-1928

30th Anniversary – 30 Hour CAN JAM

(Group volunteering: Corporate, Clubs, Faith Based)|
Date: November 6 & 7
Time: Thursday 9 am- Friday 3 pm
Shifts: Teams will work in 2-hour shifts

For more information or to sign up, email Heather Buoniconti.

9 Cares Colorado Shares

The fall 9 Cares Food Drive is coming up Saturday, November 15. You can view the official sign-up page by clicking the link below.

Thanksgiving Day Run – November 27

The Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run is for runners, walkers and kids! There is also a FREE kids run (1/3 of a mile) known as the “Gobble Gobble”. Bring your family, friends and out of town guests and experience the community spirit of Fort Collins! We need course marshals as well as aid station and start/finish line volunteers

Email Ben Donnelly for more information.


Cyclocross Race to Support Food Bank


October 10-12, 2014 “Cross of the North,” a USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross race hosted by the First City Cycling Team and presented by Noosa Yoghurt, will take place at The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, Colorado.  This is a community event for all ages with a bike race thrown in;  food, beverages, an expo and a large Kid Zone will be featured.  Bring the family and participate in pumpkin carving and a free kid’s race as well as other children’s activities.

This year, ‘Cross of the North is teaming up with the Food Bank for Larimer County and asking event attendees to bring canned food donations to support local families in need this holiday season.  There will be a food drop station at the event expo to collect items such as stuffing, canned yams, canned sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie filling and cranberries.  In addition, 2% of all pre-registration racer fees will be donated to the Food Bank, racers also can make an optional cash donation on when they register for races.

More information can be found at

Cans Around the Oval – A CSU Tradition

27 Years – 2.1 Million Meals

Cans 2008 PosterCans Around the Oval is an example of how one person can truly make a difference. It started with one person thinking of an idea, one person putting it into motion, and a community coming together to turn it into a tradition. In 1986 the Office of Community Services (OCS), which has now grow into the office of Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE), consisted one of graduate student and three work-study undergraduate students.

It was during this time that a graduate student, Victoria Keller, was hired to oversee the efforts of OSC. One afternoon, a journalism student asked Keller to read over a 2-page assignment she had written proposing a canned food drive, which sparked the fire for Cans Around the Oval. Keller, wanting to pursue the proposal, contacted the Food Bank’s then Director, Sandy Bowden who coined the name Cans Around the Oval. Although Sandy was too busy to be involved that first year, Keller and two other students decided to take on the efforts of orchestrating Cans Around the Oval.

The first Collection Day made a huge impact on the individuals organizing the event; each individual canned food item signified a step in the right direction. Their excitement spilled over into physically placing cans around  CSU’s Oval. Although the cans could only line ¼ of the Oval, the enthusiasm surrounding their accomplishment was strong and would become a legacy for the next 28 years.

Click here to learn more about this year’s Cans Around the Oval.

Fighting Hunger for 30 Years

1407FB_30th_logo_final_bigIn 1983, VISTA volunteer, Sandy Bowden, conducted a survey to analyze the food needs of low income and senior residents in Larimer County.  The survey verified a need for an efficient, centralized food collection and distribution resource that would avoid duplication of effort. The next year, under the leadership of Sandy Bowden, the Food Bank for Larimer County opened its doors on East Oak Street.  During the first month of operation, Sandy and her volunteers were proud to provide 3,800 pounds of food to individuals and families in need. In those days, food came primarily from rotating food drives between different houses of worship.

Over the course of 30 years, our organization has grown and changed to meet the needs of our food insecure neighbors thanks to the support of volunteers, donors, companies, families, students, and individuals like you. Since 1984, we’ve expanded our programming to include the county’s two largest food pantries, one in Loveland and one in Fort Collins. Through our Food Link program, we’ve provided food to nearly 85 non-profit partner agencies annually. And with the addition of our Kids Cafe program in 2005, we increased our focus on eliminating child hunger. But there’s still more work to do and we can’t do it alone. Thank you for your support in the past and your continued support in the future. Together, we can achieve our vision of a Hunger-free Larimer County.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Food Bank for Larimer County.