EDITOR’S NOTES: We have mentioned the great help offered by Lyons LEAF, and Estes Park’s Crossroads, and Longmont’s OUR Center for those who are suffering from food insecurity. But, we’d like to also mention this group in Ft. Collins because it is different in that it collects food that might otherwise be thrown out, and shares it (sort of “re-uses” it) with the community. it partners with grocery stores, restaurants and farms. == Free for all; not just for ‘low income’ people!
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1317 Webster Avenue, Ft.Collins, CO (east of 287, north of Mulberry)
Tuesday, 2 – 7 p.m. / Thursday 9 – 1 p.m. / Sunday 12 – 3 p.m.
Vindeket is a community food rescue for everyone. By shopping with us, you keep quality food out of landfills, reduce your own grocery budget and support a local nonprofit rooted in sustainability. We often hear that people don’t shop at Vindeket because they don’t want to take food away from someone who may need it more. While this is a super kind sentiment, it’s a misconception. There is always plenty of food to go around at our market—that’s why we exist! Vindeket works with grocers, farmers, and restaurants to redirect fresh, healthy food to anyone who wants it.
So if you are a human who eats food, Vindeket is for you!
40% of all food produced in the US is wasted. 133 billion pounds per year; or $161 Billion dollars of uneaten food per year. That’s you — $1,500 per family of four per year. (per US Dept. of Agriculture AEPA). === A recent study has estimated that Americans lose $30 billion each year by throwing away food based on misunderstood date labels.
The market is open to all socio-economic statuses. Chose from excess food, imperfect, messy and outdated (expired) food. You may have to pick out a mushy strawberry from the box, but the “sacrifice” makes you a steward of earth’s food resources. There are often items that you’ll be familiar with, like potatoes and tomatoes, but you can also find things you’ve never used before, like a lemon cucumber (donated from a local home gardener). Sometimes there is a line, and other times it’s faster. There is an optional donation box.
Yes, the founder started out as a dumpster diver 10 years ago, and was overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of food in the trash. But, now he has gotten rid of the “middle man” (the dumpster) and developed partnerships with markets and distributors.
What is Vindeket?
Vindeket is so much more than a place. The made-up word combines vindicate and advocate—we are advocates of food vindication, working towards fixing our food system and the social structures surrounding it. Our people— participants, shoppers, donors, volunteers, supporters—are vindekets, joining together to make real change possible.
Did you know that our food rescue is community-powered? Except for one full time and one part time staff member, service participants make all our snack saving dreams come true. We couldn’t be more grateful for the folks who dedicate their free time to our Fort Collins Market. Many service participants have been with Vindeket for years and have contributed in huge ways to how the market has grown and changed. Want to hang out with a cool community and rescue food at the same time? Volunteer your time with us. You’ll be glad you did. We’ll even throw in some snacks