Thanksgiving is a big deal at FoCo Café. It marks the pay-what-you-can restaurant’s busiest day of the year, and this year was its third anniversary.
It goes without saying: Thanksgiving is the best holiday for food. For those who don’t want to toil in the kitchen all morning (or for those who accidentally burned the turkey), don’t worry! You can still enjoy a holiday meal with all the fixings in Northern Colorado. [Read More]
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Please join FoCo Cafe to celebrate Colorado Gives Day, an annual day to “Give Where You Live” and a family-friendly celebration of Colorado nonprofits across the state. All proceeds will be used to make FoCo Cafe rent and utilities payments in 2018 so that donations in exchange for meals can go back into the community.
Schedule your gift today at: https://www.coloradogives.
Also on December 5th, Join us for our Party with a Purpose at Odell’s Brewery!
FREE to you with your Colorado Gives Day receipt or $10 or more donation at the door:
- One beer token (21 and over)
- Tasty food
- Live music
- Nonalcoholic beverages
- Meet others who support FoCo Cafe
- Participate in an awesome silent auction with donated items and gift cards from across Fort Collins!
- Items range from spa items and salon-haircuts, team sport registrations, to local restaurant gift cards!
(Additional beer tokens may be purchased at the event)
Show your CO Gives Day donation receipt for free entry or donate $10 or more each at the door. Capacity for this event is 200 people.Donate and join this party with a purpose! All proceeds will be used to make FoCo Cafe rent and utilities payments in 2018!
FoCo Cafe has a diverse range of community partners that help support and promote the cafe through building strong relationships within the Fort Collins and Northern Colorado community. One of FoCo Cafe’s notable community partner is The Growing Project.
The Growing Project is a nonprofit organization in Fort Collins whose mission is to support and promote a just and strong local food system within Northern Colorado. They have provided direct, hands-on agricultural experiences and educational workshops through their diverse range of programs since February of 2009. The founders realized that there needed to be an increased awareness in the community concerning how out of touch every day people have become to the people and places that grow the food we have on our dinner tables. Much of this alienation and distance in knowledge between farms and the community can be pinpointed to the dependency on the corporate foundation of the food system. If you’d like to learn more about this topic, check out the documentary Food, Inc.
The Growing Project has many on-going projects and programs that reach out to the local and greater Fort Collins community. One of these programs is Urban Foods Outreach (UFO), which partners with Fort Collins Housing Catalyst, Habitat for Humanity, and other Fort Collins nonprofits to install gardens in low-income neighborhoods and implement efficient gardening techniques. These community gardens feed the residents with nutritious foods and additionally, much of the extra produce is donated to local organizations like FoCo Cafe and the Food Bank of Larimer County.
Another program that The Growing Project takes pride in is the Nature Rides. This youth focused program brings kids from the FoCo Cafe Breakfast program, The Boys and Girls Club, and The Family Center/La Familia to natural areas around Fort Collins. Youth participate in activities centered on local ecology and the watershed while enjoying a bike ride to the sites with Growing Project staff. These bikes are generously provided by the Fort Collins Bike Co-op.
The Growing Project is just one of many connections that FoCo Cafe shares a partnership with within the community. These partnerships provide mutual support, as donations and contributing programs are at the heart of each relationship. Learning about these community partners is an easy way to support and participate in the movement of easily accessible food for all.
- Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Eating breakfast improves children’s educational performance, behavior and health.
- During the summer, most schools stop serving breakfast and lunch. This makes food security for children an even greater challenge.
- Kids Feeding Kids Summer Program provided breakfast 3 days a week (W-F) to families in need within the Fort Collins area.
- As of July 28th we served 662 total breakfasts (not including final potluck)
- Averaging 26 meals/day
- Minimum: 5 meals in 1 day, Maximum: 44 meals in 1 day
- We have served a total of 49 families (x6.1 increase from pilot year)
- 120 kid participants (x8.6 increase from pilot year).
- We estimate that about ⅔ of our families are in need of food assistance.
- Children’s ages ranged from 9 months to 17 years.
- Languages spoken include: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Korean, Seneca/Mohawk, Indonesian, and Hindi (8 total).
- We have served Noosa Yoghurt, Milk, Granola, Fresh Fruit, Toast with Nut Butter,Gold Leaf Collective breakfast burritos, and fruit pops from Revolution Artisan Pops.
- 9 weeks or 26 days worth of educational activities
- We’ve hosted many guest presenters including: goats from Beaver Lodge, the Growing Project’s Farmer Adam, CSU Nutrition Department, Sunny Bucket Farm, John “worm man” Anderson, Phoenix Rising Yoga, the Relentless Fermentor, and Melissa entomology expert from CSU.
Referral Agencies: UC Health’s Family Fit Pass, CSU Lagoon Concert Series, Newspaper, Facebook, The Family Center (La Familia), Cafe Volunteers, Cafe Staff, Vida Sana, Friends, Flyers at the Cafe, Family-to-Family, Beaver Lodge, Matthews House, and McKinney Backpack Program.