Since November 2014, the Foco Cafe, a non-profit restaurant located at 225 Maple Street, has been providing healthy lunch options to the Fort Collins community.
People, regardless of their identity, place in life or financial status are able to come to the cafe Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. to enjoy a healthful meal made from local and organic ingredients.
Kathleen and Jeff Baumgardner are not owners of the Foco Cafe, but founders. Since opening, the cafe they have shared their story of the non-profit restaurant in their hometown and beyond. [Read More]
Kathleen Baumgardner is cofounder and executive director of a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado, the FoCo Cafe. At this year’s Natural Products Expo West and Engredea, she’ll have a lot to say during the session, “3 Disruptive Models that Deliver Healthy Food to Everyone, Everywhere.” We talked to her about social entrepreneurship, food access and disrupting conventional business models in the food industry. [Read More]
Fort Collins’ FoCo Café’ is best known for its “pay it forward” lunch spot but is also a wonderful example of the City’s adaptive reuse of its industrial past.
At FoCo Cafe, we consider Valentine’s Day as “Friends Day.” Our goal is to make sure that everyone has a place to be where they feel welcomed, accepted, supported and loved. This Valentine’s Celebration was a wonderful day and we shared 82 meals with friends!
On this special day we offered other fun activities:
- A card making station
- Mad libs for kids
- Photo booth
- Free gifts that one could take for themselves or share with others: tea candles, fortune cookie cards and decorated cards.
On the eve of the celebration, interns decorated the entire block outside of the Cafe with chalk art. The chalk ranged from red shaped hearts to inspiring quotes to 3D chalk art. We wanted the block to feel inviting and uplifting. Several City of Fort Collins staff members stopped to tell us that they loved the chalk art and that it made their walk to work a happy one. We saw photos from the sidewalk on Instagram accounts of people dropping in for lunch or just walking by. Guests will “Walk through Kindness” to get to the Cafe until snow or rain returns, and we hope for much longer than that.
Every human being is worthy and important. We seek to make sure that they feel this and know this.
The Lyric Cinema Cafe will host a food-themed short film festival on Thursday.
The 300 E. Mountain Ave. theater will showcase nine films that feature different food and agriculture topics. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person at the door. [Read More]
By working to eliminate food waste, FoCo Cafe has been able to focus on nourishing the community from the ground up – literally, thanks to our trusty worm compost bucket.
During November, the youths from the New Thought Northern Colorado Center for Spiritual Living in Loveland have placed a Free Pantry at the FoCo Cafe. [Read More]