ARVADA, Colo. (Sept. 7, 2021) – Community First Foundation (CFF) and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) have awarded $1,701,888 in grant funds to 12 nonprofits to increase food access in Jefferson County (Jeffco). The grants will support infrastructure and capacity building efforts to build a resilient food system and ensure equitable access to locally produced and nutritious food in the county.
“More than $8.5 million from 34 organizations was requested,” said Kelly Dunkin, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “This shows the need for access to food is real in Jefferson County and we are confident these organizations will help to build a resilient food system for our community.”
Grant amounts range between $16,000 – $300,000 and all grant recipients are headquartered or have a location in Jeffco, or are providing food services in Jeffco.
“Each of these organizations, and many more, are doing incredible work toward our goal of building a resilient food system in Jefferson County,” said Marissa Silverberg, Food systems & Policy Administrator for Jefferson County Public Health.
Warren Tech High School
Expand farm to extend growing season, enable more farmers to grow, and provide more food access through partnerships with Warren Tech Culinary Arts and Farm to Table Programs.
Mountain Resource Center
Strengthen partnerships with local food producers, provide SNAP and WIC application assistance, expand nutrition education, and provide a new mobile food pantry and kitchen to distribute locally- produced, fresh food.
Kaizen Food Rescue
Increase healthy food access with free farmers markets, expand partnerships with BIPOC local farmers/ranchers, provide locally produced, culturally relevant foods, purchase a refrigerated vehicle for mobile food shares.
Support food access through mobile markets, expanding food procurement and creating stronger networks and training for local farmers, and upgrading cold storage.
Build a greenhouse for a 1/3-acre urban farm located in Lakewood to increase food production for distribution at farmers markets, Go Farm, and independent supermarkets.
Strengthen the coordination, capacity, and efficiencies of the Southwest Food Coalition to fill food access gaps and connect to local/BIPOC farms to provide locally produced, culturally relevant food.
Support Majestic View Farm in Arvada to expand food production and distribution, develop leaders and farms through an apprenticeship program and increase access with SNAP enrollment and navigation support.
Food Bank of the Rockies
Support food activities in Jeffco with rollout of Culturally Responsive Food Initiative to increase distribution of culturally relevant food and FRESH program to provide fresh produce at mobile pantries.
East Denver Food Hub
Support value chain development with 20 different farmers (focus on BIPOC farmers) and food access organizations to build a sustainable aggregation and distribution model.
Denver Urban Gardens
Support garden improvements through DUG Corps members, an Apprenticeship program, and data collection and analysis efforts as it relates to food security.
Wheat Ridge Poultry and Meats, Inc.
Increase safe food transportation, establish fresh food delivery, and create a local food cooperative with education and culturally relevant food.
Hunger Free Golden
Build organizational capacity, design and facilitate community engagement and advance Hunger Free Golden’s strategic plan.
Learn more about efforts to create food security in Jeffco.