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Food For Thought

AARP’s local Chapter #759 and Poudre Retired School Employee volunteers are partnering together to hold a food drive on June 12th to benefit the Kid’s Cafe of the Food Bank for Larimer County.

The mission of Feeding America's Kids Cafe Program is to provide meals to disadvantaged children in an environment that is safe, accessible and convenient. The Food Bank for Larimer County (FBLC) assists in this mission as the sponsor of six Kids Cafe program sites.

The goals of the Kids Cafe program are to provide children, ages 3-18, who are at risk of hunger, access to a nutritious meal, nutrition, and health education after school and during the summer months. To accomplish this, the FBLC has partnered with local youth centers to provide meals year-round to at-risk children in Larimer County.

The Food Bank recently renovated its commercial kitchen and plans, preps, and prepares hundreds of meals in-house each day for the six Kids Cafe sites in Larimer County. The meals served to our Kids Cafe children are nutritious - focusing on healthy lean meats, fresh dairy, and vegetables and fruits.

In 2008, nearly 56,000 meals were served to children from low-income families. Today, Kids Cafe serves approximately 300 meals a day to children in Larimer County.

Stan Ulrich from the AARP Chapter and Tom Tonoli, PRSEA have spearheaded this effort and with space donated by the Fort Collins Senior Center they have organized a food drive to be held on June 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. “I volunteer at the food bank and have seen first hand the increased need for donations.” said Stan. “We are glad we could partner with the Retired School Employees local unit for this Create The Good project.”

If you would like to stop by our food drive and make a food donation please visit us at 1200 Raintree Drive on Saturday, June 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will be located slightly west of the paved parking lot off of Raintree at the south side of Rolland Moore Park.

Items needed are healthy snacks:

“Simply Fruit”-roll-ups (Target)
Fruit strips/roll-up (any kind)
NutriGrain Cereal fruit bars
Dried Fruit (Raisins, Craisins, Apples)
Quaker Breakfast Bars
Fiber One Granola Bars
Quaker Oats Granola Bars
Special K Bars
Nature Valley Honey & Oat Bars
Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars
Quaker “Oatmeal to Go” Bars
TLC Granola Bars (all fruit flavors)
Quaker Granola Bites
Pita Chips
Popcorn, low butter
Trail mix-with m&m’s okay!
Nature Valley Fruit Crisps
Quaker Rice Snacks
Quaker Mini Delights
Whole Grain Cereals
TLC 7 Grain Crackers
Goldfish - Whole Grain
Fruit Cups (4 oz.), any kind
Mott’s Applesauce Cups

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