LFR Spring Newsletter 🌱

Welcome to the LFR Newsletter

Longmont Food Rescue’s mission is to redistribute nutritious food that retailers have deemed food ‘waste’ to feed hungry, homeless, and low-income populations directly.

Grow A Row for LFR!

Spring is here, and with planting season underway, now is the perfect time to ‘Grow A Row’ of extra produce to help feed our community! Go HERE to download the Fresh Food Connect app and sign up to donate your excess bounty when it’s ready to harvest. There are options to participate as a gardener, courier, or both, so even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still help get fresh food redistributed in our community. If you’d like to learn more about home gardening and local agriculture, check out this free webinar this Thursday, April 8, hosted by LFR’s own Naomi Curland.

Winter 2021 Recap

Thanks to a grant from the Colorado COVID-19 Hunger Relief Fund, this winter we were able to start a new meal purchase program with HOPE (Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement) and our restaurant partners China 88 and Island Woman Shanty. So far, we’ve served over 200 dinners to our friends in the homeless community, while supporting local BIPOC-owned businesses.

On the food rescue side, this year we’ve rescued over 20,000 lbs of fresh food, which is already more than half our 2020 total – wow! And we reached another landmark this winter: since our founding in 2017, we have rescued more than 100,000 lbs of food. In fact, as of this month we have now exceeded 117,000 lbs of food diverted from the landfill. According to the EPA, 100 lbs of landfilled food waste releases 8.3 lbs of methane into the atmosphere, so that works out to saving our atmosphere 9700 lbs of methane emissions. Thank you to all our volunteers who have helped us make such an impact in the past 4 years!

Last month saw the sudden closure of Alfalfa’s Longmont, a food donor partner with LFR since its opening in October 2020. In the past year, Alfalfa’s Longmont donated 21,000 lbs of food to LFR, and our awesome team of volunteers distributed it to five No-Cost Grocery sites around our community, as well as our twice monthly Produce in the Parking Lot events. We will miss the kind and supportive onsite crew at Alfalfa’s Longmont, and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Produce in the Parking Lot: April 11 & 25

Our 2021 Produce in the Parking Lot events will continue to be held at the YMCA parking lot, on the west Lashley side. A full list of our Produce in the Parking Lot dates can be found on our website and our facebook page. LFR follows recommended health and safety practices during COVID-19.

Featured Volunteer: Mike Callahan

Mike started volunteering with LFR in April 2020, and has been a dedicated bike rescue champion ever since! He has rescued over 1700 lbs. of grab n’ go meals from our 7-Eleven partners, such as sandwiches, salads, fruit, and burritos, and brought them to a variety of HOPE shelters, where they help feed our homeless community. His commitment to his shifts has really added up, completing 90 pick-ups in his first year with LFR. Thank you, Mike!

Want to help LFR?

We are currently seeking new food donation partners to help meet the increasing need for hunger relief resources. If you know of any local food producers who may want to donate their excess food, we would love to connect! We always welcome financial donations to support the work we do, and new volunteers.  Email info@longmontfoodrescue.org if you’d like to get more involved!