Dear CanDo Coalition Member:
Bank for Larimer County recently completed a six-month project to
analyze their current level of service and determine any gaps to help
plan programming strategies over the next 20 years. To further plan for
the future, they also examined county population growth projections. Based
on their analysis, they project that they will need to provide enough
food for 12.2 million meals each year by 2035 (a 65% increase over
To meet demand, they have identified four goals.
|Close gaps in service
||Add Mobile Distribution and Expand
|Plan for population growth
||Expand warehousing capacity to source, store and distribute more food
|Increase service for seniors
||Add Senior Meal Program
|Expand Kids Cafe participation
||Identify New Partners and Add Kids Cafe
We are grateful for the amazing work our food bank is doing now and into our communities’ future. How can you help now? September is Hunger Action Month.
Take Action to Fight Hunger!
the Food Bank of Larimer County along with Feeding America’s nationwide
network of food banks to take action to end hunger in our nation.
Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to get involved and make a
lasting impact. Whether it’s by activating, advocating, donating or
volunteering, you can find a way to make a difference this September! Click here for more information
|Call To Action
Loveland Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking (CTF)
The Citizen Task Force for Walking and Biking (CTF) has made
significant progress towards their goals of: demonstrating support of
Bike and Pedestrian Projects; supporting the DDA in walking and biking
efforts; and creating a position focused on the implementation of bike
and pedestrian projects. These goals were created in May with the
objective of influencing the City of Loveland budget process to ask for
specific infrastructure projects as well as a bike and pedestrian
Where are we at?
The budget first reading will be in October. Now is the time to
continue to demonstrate support for these efforts. In the next couple of
weeks, we will be regularly communicating with the CTF
on how they can show their support, next steps, and future meetings!
you have not been receiving CTF
emails and meeting information, but
would like to get involved in the last push, please click the button
below to be added to the CTF
We are looking forward to maximum community involvement!
Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts
Shifts available September 13, 15, & 17 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)
City of Fort Collins is conducting annual bicyclist and pedestrian
counts throughout the community and is looking for volunteers. Choose
from a variety of two-hour shifts (7:00-9:00am, 12:00-2:00pm,
5:00-7:00pm) over the course of three days - sign up for one or more! Check out our map of count locations.
Volunteers will also be eligible to win one of many Downtown Business Association gift cards!
asking all volunteers to join us for a brief but REQUIRED* training
session Tuesday, September 6 for orientation and materials. Food and
drinks will be provided!
*If you are unable to attend the required training session, please contact Amy Lewin to make other arrangements firstname.lastname@example.org
National Bike Challenge
Help Fort Collins lead the way in the National Bike Challenge! Sign up at www.nationalbikechallenge.org and
log your miles, whether for recreation or transportation, between now
and the end of September. Check to see if your workplace has a team, or
simply help Fort Collins take the lead!
Fort Collins is currently in 9th place.
| CanDo Loveland
Please note an important change in contact information for CanDo Loveland.
To reach Kelly Haworth, please email email@example.com. Kelly can still be reached by phone at (970) 495-7513.
Katie Guthrie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Katie can still be reached by phone at (970) 667-2192
| CanDo and Vida Sana Meeting Schedule
Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 26 from 10:30am-12:00pm at the Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 Willow St., Fort Collins.
Built Environment Work Group (BEWG)
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 13 from 3:00-4:00pm in Routt Hall Room 103.
Please click here for a campus map. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you either bike in, or take the MAX.
There is a MAX
stop at University or Laurel. If you have any questions, contact Colin Day at email@example.com
| Vida Sana
City of Fort Collins Budget Offers
Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland
Sana in Fort Collins recently submitted a letter of recommendation to
the City of Fort Collins regarding budget offers that the coalition felt
have the most opportunity to impact health equity. They included items
like affordable housing funding, human services grant program funding,
Transfort service on Sundays, funding for efforts around equity and
inclusion and more. To see what current offers have made it “above the
line” and weigh in yourself, please visit http://www.fcgov.com/citymanager/budget.php
Below is the timeline for speaking up on issues of importance to you:
- Sept.13th - Council Work Session #1
- Sept. 20th - Council Meeting - Public Hearing #1
- Sept. 27th - Council Work Session #2
- Oct. 4th - Council Meeting - Public Hearing #2
- Oct. 11th - Council Work Session #3
- Nov. 1st - Council Meeting - First Reading of the Budget Ordinance
- Nov. 15th - Council Meeting - Second Reading of the Budget Ordinance
Meet Maria Elena Powers, Vida Sana’s newest Community Promotora
Vida Sana welcomes Maria Elena Powers to their Community Promotora
family. Ms. Powers’ background as a physician, along with her tender
heart and compassion for others, will make her an incredible addition to
our team. Read Ms. Powers’ bio here.
Vida Sana Promotoras
are now taking referrals from community partners, healthcare providers,
or individuals in need of support and navigation for chronic disease
prevention programs and services. Call (970) 495-1705 to leave a message
and a Promotora will return the call within 24 hours.
In partnership with the Loveland Public Library, Thompson School
District, SummitStone Health Partners and the House of Neighborly
Services, Vida Sana will be hosting the Colorado Trust’s Health Equity
Learning Series in Loveland in September. This four session series aims
to increase knowledge and awareness of health equity through
presentations from experts discussing factors that increase disparities
and solutions that advance health equity.
Vida Sana staff anticipates The Health Equity Learning Series to be a
catalyst for discussion and creation of a Vida Sana coalition in
will launch the Health Equity Learning Series in Loveland on October
26th at 5:30pm at the Loveland Library. The first speaker will be
Deliana Garcia, MA http://www.migrantclinician.org/users/deliana-garcia
Dinner will be provided. More details to come but save the date!
Vida Sana Team
| Built Environment
Built Environment Work Group
During our August meeting, we reviewed our drafted advocacy letter
for offers in the 2017-2018 BFO
cycle. Based on the Recommended Budget
that was recently published, only 3/5 of our recommended offers are
likely to be funded. Sunday TransFort Service is just below the
threshold and the FC
is way off the radar for funding, which
is very disappointing. I would like to discuss next steps to help move
these offers higher up on the priority list for City Council at our next
meeting. The City Manager’s Recommended Budget can be found here: http://www.fcgov.com/citymanager/pdf/recommended_budget_2017-2018.pdf
. (See p. 64, 308 - 319).
Next, we discussed the Food Bank of Larimer County’s release of
data related to Food Share usage and concentrations of their food
insecure patrons in Loveland and Fort Collins. We see potential for
collaboration with the Food Bank to conduct further analysis of 3-mile
buffers around their facilities to measure walkability and also transit
connection for patrons located outside of that radius. Katherine will be
following up with Liz Donovan and Amy Parsons with the Food Bank to
explore these options.
We have established new monthly meeting times for the remainder of
the year. Monthly meetings will take place every 3rd Thursday of the
month from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. However, we are making an exception to our
meeting in September due to previous scheduling conflicts.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
at the Institute for the Built Environment located at Routt Hall on the
campus. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Katherine Vega (Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Colin Day (email@example.com
). We look forward to seeing you at our September meeting!
| Worksite Wellness
Check out the Health Links™ Kick-Start Program
Health LinksTM is a nonprofit initiative based at the Colorado School of Public Health that helps businesses build sustainable workplace health and safety programs. Health LinksTM
provides expert advising, Healthy Business Certification and connection
to resources and local preferred providers that offer health, safety
and well-being services. Get recognized as a champion of worker health
and safety today and get connected to a local community advisor. Visit HealthLinksCertified.org to get started.
We invite you to join us for any of our upcoming events - contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and to get more information.
|Local Food and Gardens
|Plant It Forward
Planning your garden? The Food Bank and Gardens on Spring Creek will once again be partnering with many local gardeners to
Plant It Forward. Consider growing food for members of our community in need. Click here for more information.
Local Farmers Markets
Loveland Farmers Market - Tuesdays, 11:00am-3:00pm.
HWY 287 in front of Hobby Lobby (3133 N. Garfield). Click here for more information.
City of Loveland Farmers Market- Sundays, 9:00am-1:30pm. Opens June 26.
700 S. Railroad Avenue - Entire Pavilion #1 and #2 (at the far north end of Fairgrounds Park). Click here for more information.
Larimer County Farmers Market - Saturdays, 8:00am-Noon.200 South Oak Street in Old Town Fort Collins. Click here for more information.Fort Collins Farmers Market-Wednesdays and Sundays, 11:00am-3:00pm.
Harmony and Lemay in front of Ace Hardware. Click here
for more information.Drake Road Farmers Market - Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm.
802 W. Drake Rd. Click here
for more information.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly Food Stamps) participants - take advantage of the Double Up Program!
Double Up program offered through LiveWell Colorado gives SNAP
farmer’s market visitors extra incentive to bring hope Colorado-grown
fruits and vegetables by offering a voucher for up to $20 matched from
their original SNAP purchase.
This program is being offered at
the Loveland Farmers Market, Larimer County Farmers Market, Fort Collins
Farmers Market, and Drake Road Farmers Market. Click here for additional information.
Gardens on Spring Creek
Nature’s Harvest Fest
Saturday, September 10
9:00am - 2:00pm
This family friendly and educational event is a one-day celebration of all things nature and harvest in our community.
Celebrate adventures in NoCo’s big backyard with cooking and urban
homesteading workshops, two butterfly releases, tastings of fresh
produce, a marketplace full of local artisans and food producers,
entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors.
A $2 per person suggested donation is appreciated
Presented by Poudre Pet and Feed Supply
Healthy Kids Club
2016 Run Series
is underway for the Healthy Kids and Fit.Teen Run Series’, sponsored by
Healthy Kids Club, UCHealth. The 18th annual Healthy Kids Run Series
includes 8 free local 1 mile fun runs. Elementary students ages 5-12 are
eligible to register for the free series, and will receive a punch card
to track their participation. Kids who complete 4 or more runs earn
prizes! Teens ages 13-18 are eligible to register for the Fit.Teen Run
Series, which includes 8 local 5K’s. Fit.Teen participants receive a
discounted $10 registration fee for each run. Register online for both
series’ at healthykidsclub.org.
Food Bank for Larimer County
Take Action to Fight Hunger!
us as we band together with Feeding America’s nationwide network of
food banks to take action to end hunger in our nation. Hunger Action
Month is your opportunity to get involved and make a lasting impact.
Whether it’s by activating, advocating, donating or volunteering, you
can find a way to make a difference this September!
Top 9 Ways to Take Action This September
- Donate; $1 = $5 worth of food
- Tour the Food Bank
- Volunteer at the Food Bank
- Invite a Food Bank staff member to speak to your office, church group or civic organization
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #fblc
- Wear orange on Thursday, September 8 to help raise hunger awareness.
- Participate in the Empty Plate Campaign.
- Plant It Forward! Drop off your extra garden produce at the Food Bank.
- Sign the petition to make a hunger awareness license Plate available in Colorado.
City of Fort Collins
September 18, 10:00am-3:00pm
Linden and Redwood Streets from Willox Ln to Willow or Walnut Streets
Streets events promote alternative transportation and invite people to
experience public streets in ways other than driving.
Friday Foliage Rides
Friday, September 9, 5:15-6:30pm
Friday, September 23, 5:15-6:30pm
Friday, October 7, 5:15-6:30pm
Bicycle Ambassadors for fun rides in select areas of town to enjoy fall
foliage, experience new bicycle infrastructure and build community.
Each ride will feature a different route and will end at a destination
where participants can socialize and enjoy the start to the weekend.
Note:Bikes and helmets required. Register online
or by calling 970-221-6655.
________________________________________________________________________Bicycle Ambassador Program Bicycling Classes in Loveland
Everyday Cycling at the Loveland Public Library’s Gertrude Scott Room
Tuesday, September 20 from 6:00-7:30 PM RSVP
online at www.bit.ly/1PBPiwr
Cycling with Children at the Loveland Public Library
Wednesday, September 28th from 1:00-2:30pm. RSVP
online at www.bit.ly/1PBPiwr
Class is taught on bike, helmets and working bicycle required, kids who bicycle are welcome to attend with parent/guardian.
Bicycle Friendly Driver at the Chilson Senior Center
Thursday, September 29th from 2:00-3:30pm
Register through the Leisure Times
|Local and National HEAL News
LiveWell Colorado is launching a major public awareness campaign called No More 24
will educate Coloradans about our state’s health paradox. Colorado’s
great quality of life attracts healthy, educated adults yet we struggle
to provide that same healthy environment for the children born and
LiveWell’s collective goal is to ensure that every child in Colorado has the opportunity to grow up healthy. Right now,
ranks a mediocre 24th in the nation for our children’s level of
physical activity with nearly 55 percent of kids not getting the
recommended amount of physical activity each week. In many cases,
Colorado children lack parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods and
physical education in school, so they can’t get the physical activity
they need to be healthy. We believe all Colorado children deserve the
opportunity to develop healthy behaviors as they grow.Click here to learn more about No More 24 and how you can help.