FoCo Cafe: The heart of the community

Colorado’s FoCo Cafe, the first of its kind where customers set the price for cafe cuisine on a pay-what-you-can basis, celebrates its 2nd anniversary on Thanksgiving Day.

The exemplary cafe aims to provide nutritious and healthy meals – made from mostly local, organic and sustainably grown ingredients – to the local community in Fort Collins, regardless of whether they can afford to pay or not.

Instead of a cash register, the cafe operates a donation box policy, encouraging customers to pay what they can and for those who are unable to make a donation, the cafe suggests they volunteer at the cafe.

FoCo, which stands for Feeding Our Community Ourselves, puts community at the heart of everything they do. All furniture, crockery, cutlery, kitchen equipment and artwork at the cafe has been donated by the local community.

Serving lunch daily between 11 am to 2pm except Sundays, FoCo Cafe is a popular joint for locals.

FoCo Cafe also operates a zero waste policy. Everything in the kitchen finds a second life. All plate and coffee waste is composted for worm compost, while prep waste is used to feed local chickens.

FoCo says: “Too many resources are wasted in the United States in the name of convenience. Volunteers and staff at the Cafe learn how to cultivate new habits based on efficient consideration of resources. Once these practices become habit, it’s really not difficult to be considerate of the planet and mindful that thousands of families are food insecure in Colorado.

“It just doesn’t make sense to throw away good food, therefore, we treat ingredients with respect and use them wisely. We welcome the two-pronged carrot or parsnip that is typically rejected because it doesn’t look perfect.”

FoCo Cafe also encourages the community to recycle. It currently operates a glass drop-off box, in collaboration with local recycling company, Clear Intentions. In Colorado, only 17% of recycled glass actually gets recycled. Clear Intentions is working with the community to change that.

FoCo Cafe

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com


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