Front Range Rally is this week! With that, every day this week I’m going to be sharing all sorts of information about the Larimer County Food Bank, how they help our community, and why Front Range Rally is something you should be supporting too.
The Food Bank For Larimer County is a vital service to our community in helping many of our friends and neighbors gain access to healthy food. We often read reports about our economy – like the growing affordable housing crisis and the flatlining wages making it difficult for many people to keep up with the cost of living in our area. These issues have begun to push people out of Fort Collins and into surrounding bedroom communities, like Ault. Others cannot afford to move and have to make sacrifices to stay afloat. For many people, that can mean skipping meals and going hungry.
In 2016 the Food Bank For Larimer County provided 7.66 million (MILLION) meals to 36,000 individuals. 36,000 people is about the size of the entire city of Northglenn. 138,675 meals and snacks were provided for kids in their Kids Cafe program to make sure kids didn’t go hungry outside of school hours and in the summer. And 7,826 meals were provided for seniors at VOA partner sites starting in September.
The number of meals provided and people supported by the Food Bank is astounding. And those numbers are only growing each and every year. Based on their analysis, they project that they will need to provide enough food for 12.2 million meals each year by 2035 (a 65% increase over 2015).
Supporting the Food Bank of Larimer County is essential to helping to hold up so many people in our community. Everytime I write about the food bank and the sheer number of people that are food insecure in Fort Collins, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach. It’s often a reality we don’t like to face.
While these numbers are daunting, the Food Bank does an excellent job of providing ways to help volunteer, donate, and support their efforts. This is precisely why you should buy tickets to the Front Range Rally. Not only is it a fun way to spend your time drinking unlimited beer and spirits, while eating from various food trucks, 100% of the proceeds goes to the food bank. Thanks to their sponsors, every ticket sold (GA) provides $200 worth of food to a neighbor needing assistance.
This year we’re doing something different on Feasting Fort Collins. As one of their media sponsors helping them to sell more tickets, readers will have an exclusive promo code. This is intended to not only get you there for the fun, but to get YOUR help in bringing your friends and family to the event too!
When you go to purchase your tickets, use the code : FEASTINGFOCO
It will unlock a 4 pack of GA tickets for $120, which is usually priced at $160.
I have six General Admission tickets to giveaway too! Get your entries through this giveaway widget by following me on Experience Fort Collins and Choose Your Own Fort Collins on facebook and Twitter! The winners will be chosen on Thursday night and I will be dropping the tickets off to the winners on Friday.
The more people that go to this event, the more people the food bank will be able to help in our community. It really is a win-win situation.
Where: Loveland Food Share, 2600 N. Lincoln, Loveland, CO
When: 2:30 – 7 PM on Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Tickets: FrontRangeRally.org. Ticket includes admission to festival grounds, food trucks, live music, and UNLIMITED beer sampling. (Food is sold separately.)