Fort Collins’ very own Savory Spice Shop is giving back to the community in a flavorful and healthy way. Owner’s Susan and Allan Kirkpatrick recently donated $20,000 and sodium-free spices to the UCHealth Family Medicine Center (FMC) Food Pantry. The spices were measured and individually packaged by Food Pantry volunteers to give to patrons to add flavor to the food.
“The gift to the Food Pantry integrates my interests in nutrition with my support of our community members who are struggling,” Susan Kirkpatrick said.
The UCHealth FMC Food Pantry is a partnership between the Larimer County Food Bank and the FMC Residency program. The FMC is a primary care and residency-training program that sees around 150 patients daily, with about 70% of those patients being low-income, Medicaid enrolled.
The Kirkpatricks were especially supportive of the partnership aspect of this program, as many individuals who visit the UCHealth FMC Food Pantry are low-income and face food insecurity. In addition, having a food bank so close to the clinic makes access to food easier.
“I feel strongly that good nutrition is fundamental to good health and that flavor, which often comes from spices, helps food taste good,” Kirkpatrick said. “Access to flavorful, healthy food is important for everyone in our community.”
Savory Spice Shop’s generous donation will help the Food Pantry continue to serve Fort Collins’ and the greater Northern Colorado’s low-income community.