Food Bank for Larimer County expands food pantry hours

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The Food Bank for Larimer County is expanding hours at its two food pantry locations in Fort Collins and Loveland.

The Food Bank for Larimer County is expanding hours at its food pantries in Fort Collins and Loveland.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, the two locations will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fort Collins food pantry was previously open on Mondays but will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, to prepare for the transition.

Food distribution will continue to follow a drive-through model at the two pantries.

The new hours bring the food bank close to its pre-pandemic schedule. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the food bank switched to a no-contact drive-through model that required significantly more staffing, leading to reduced hours and longer wait times at both food pantries. The Fort Collins pantry, 1301 Blue Spruce Drive, was open three days a week, and the Loveland pantry, 2600 Lincoln Ave., was open two days a week.

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The food bank has been working to hire and train more staff over the last few months so the two pantries could return to being open five days a week.

“Like so many in our community, we want nothing more than to return to some level of normalcy,” food bank CEO Amy Pezzani said in a news release. “This shift to a five-day-a-week schedule is a great first step in that process. We are hopeful that in the months ahead we will be able to return to in-person, client-choice shopping at our pantries.”

Find more details about the Fresh Food Share Pantries, pop-up pantries and mobile pantries at foodbanklarimer.org/where_do_i_go. To see if you qualify for food assistance, visit foodbanklarimer.org/do-i-qualify.

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