If you need it, take it; if you don’t, leave it. This phrase is the premise behind The Giving Tree located in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado outside of the FoCo Cafe. The Giving Tree is a place where community members can give and receive freely. Each branch is stocked full of items from toiletries and baby wipes to bug spray and snacks. These items are free for the public to take as they wish. No judgement, just community-level support. [Read More]
On November 24, the FoCo Cafe will celebrate Thanksgiving Day as well as its second anniversary. The nonprofit pay-what-you-can restaurant located at 225 Maple Street in Old Town Fort Collins opened on Thanksgiving Day of 2014 and has served more than 44,500 lunches. Volunteer-driven, the Cafe offers healthy, small batch meals to all guests regardless of their ability to pay.
A special holiday lunch is in planned and will be served from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
FoCo Cafe’s Thanksgiving Menu:
Sweet potato quinoa salad (vegan, GF)
Red cabbage, apple, and cranberry salad (vegan, GF)
Pumpkin apple curry soup (vegan, GF)
Brazilian black bean soup (vegan, GF)
Special Holiday offerings
Smoked turkey (GF)
Deep-fat fried turkey (GF)
Roasted turkey (GF)
Roasted turkey gravy
Old fashioned mashed potatoes (vegetarian, GF)
Coconut cardamom sweet potatoes (vegan, GF)
Breads and desserts
Corn muffins (GF, non GMO corn)
Waffle Lab bread pudding (vegetarian)
Pumpkin-coconut-maple pie (vegetarian)
Old-fashioned pecan pie (vegetarian)
It may be (unusually) warm out in Northern Colorado right now, but the chilly days are close ahead. FoCo Cafe is inviting knitters and crocheters in Fort Collins to help spread the warmth this November. [Read More]
Group Publishing distributes 27 awards worth $61,000 during awards luncheon on Thursday [Read More]
Earlier this month, as part of the Blue Margin Community Works program, my colleague Angela and I volunteered at the FoCo Café.
If you aren’t familiar with this local gem, the FoCo Café is in the heart of downtown Fort Collins, and is truly representative of the strength of Fort Collins’ giving community.
A video FoCo Cafe are featured in. FoCo Cafe purchases beautiful vegetables from Harvest Farm
When I was listening recently to the story of how the FoCo Cafe originated in Fort Collins, Colorado, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.: “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Kathleen Baumgardner, FoCo Cafe Executive Director, recounted the journey and many obstacles she and her husband encountered just to get the doors open on Thanksgiving Day 2014. [Read More]
Not much in life is free—but the founders of the FoCo Café are trying to change that, at least for those who can not afford a good meal. [Read More]