Food Bank for Larimer County

Loveland, CO   |  www.foodbanklarimer.org

Mission

At the Food Bank for Larimer County, our mission is to provide food to all in need through community partnerships and hunger-relief programs. Our vision is a hunger-free Larimer County, Colorado.

Ruling year info

1984

Chief Executive Officer

Amy Pezzani

Main address

5706 Wright Drive

Loveland, CO 80538-8840 USA

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Formerly known as

Food Distribution Center

EIN

74-2336171

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Map the Meal Gap 2019, an annual Feeding America study, estimates that 38,040 Larimer County residents (including 8,730 children) are "food insecure," meaning they don’t have reliable access to enough food for a healthy, active life. Despite low unemployment, these families are struggling. Wages simply can't keep up with the high cost of living in Larimer County, where rent has increased 40% since 2011 and childcare costs are among the highest in the nation. This creates a series of impossible choices: Pay the rent or buy groceries? Fill a prescription or fill the fruit bowl? Put gas in the car or food in the fridge? Food is such a basic need that not knowing where your next meal is coming from can make it hard to focus on a job or an education, perpetuating a cycle of poverty. Our hunger-relief programs provide fuel so children can do better in school, seniors can maintain their independence and everyone in our community can have an opportunity to thrive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fresh Food Share

Fresh Food Share, our largest program, is a client-choice food pantry program that provides free groceries to more than 33,000 Larimer County residents at risk of hunger. Locations include two brick-and-mortar pantries (in Fort Collins and Loveland), three partnering mobile pantry sites and a medical clinic pantry in partnership with UCHealth.

Population(s) Served

Our Nourishing Network program partners with other local non-profit organizations that also serve at-risk populations. By helping our partner agencies acquire food for their programs at minimal cost, we ensure that people at risk for hunger have access to food at a wider variety of times and locations than we could provide alone. Our Nourishing Network also saves partner agencies money on grocery costs so they can allocate more of their funding to other services.

Population(s) Served

In our Nutritious Kitchen, volunteers and staff prepare scratch-cooked meals and snacks for our child and senior meal programs: Kids Cafe delivers food to partnering programs that serve at-risk children after school and during the summer, while our Senior Nutrition initiative is a collaboration with Volunteers of America to provide hot meals for older people at community meal sites.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Pounds Distributed (Fiscal Year)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Pounds of Produce Distributed (Fiscal Year)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fresh Food Share

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All data is for our fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To keep up with the growing need for food assistance, the Food Bank for Larimer County intends to increase food distribution to 12.5 million meals annually by 2035.

Our dream is to provide not just good nutrition, but also health and hope to stabilize the lives of our clients and help them on a path to self-sufficiency.

To achieve the goal of distributing food for 12.2 million meals by 2035, the Food Bank has developed four primary strategies.

1. Increase services to under-served geographic areas identified by our service gap analysis.

2. Plan for population growth by increasing our capacity to source and distribute more food.

3. Increase service to seniors in order to meet the needs of this growing demographic group.

4. Expand participation in our Kids Cafe meal program during the summer months when children don't have access to free or reduced-price school meals.

Founded in 1984, the Food Bank for Larimer County has worked for more than three decades to provide food to all in need. The organization started in a small space furnished with a single card table before moving to a larger facility in 1987 and adding a Loveland location in 2006. Both of those facilities were later expanded (in 2001 and 2011, respectively). In 2018, the Food Bank purchased a third food distribution facility to keep up with a growing population and an increasing need for food assistance.

Today, the Food Bank for Larimer County is the only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food in our area and serves as the County’s central hub for charitable food distribution. Our leadership team is experienced in food banking, fundraising, management, and warehouse operations. A private, nonprofit organization, the Food Bank serves more than 37,000 people and distributes enough food for more than 7.5 million meals annually through our programs and community partners.

To help close service gaps, we piloted a Mobile Pantry program in 2016 and have since added new locations to serve even more people. Evaluating those sites and finding new program partners is an ongoing process.

In May 2018, our service capacity expanded with the move to a larger distribution facility. This has given us the space to store and distribute more food, although rising food transportation costs (due to a national shortage of CDL drivers) continue to pose a significant challenge.

We partnered with Volunteers of America to provide scratch-cooked meals to seniors and continue to explore other options to serve our older neighbors.

Our Kids Cafe program piloted a new Food Truck during the summer of 2017. We are working on developing new partnerships and finding additional funds to provide summer meals to even more children in need.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Food Bank for Larimer County

Board of directors
as of 1/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nathan Klein

LC Real Estate Group, LLC

Term: 2018 - 2021

Nathan Klein

LC Real Estate Group, LLC

Chris Hall

Sam's Club Distribution Center

Ken Severson

Retired (NVIDIA)

Jacqueline Zipser

Rosenberg & Zipser PLLC

Lisa Clay

Advance Tank and Construction Company

Ty Fulcher

Social; Union Bar and Soda Fountain

Matthew Dickstein

Creative Learning Systems

Grace Taylor

UCHealth

Denise McFann

Soul Squared Brewing Co.; Summit Hard Cider

Kim McDaniel

Bohemian Companies

Cindy Lopez-Ellis

Points West Community Bank

Mark Driscoll

Retired (First National Bank)

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes