The COVID pandemic significantly increased food insecurity and disruptions to our local food supply. Prior to COVID, 9.1% of Coloradans and 10% of Jeffco residents were experiencing food insecurity, but since the pandemic began, this percentage has quadrupled.Jeffco Food System: From Emergency Response to Recovery
Increasing food access in a geographically and economically diverse area like Jefferson County isn’t as easy as it may seem. That’s why we’re funding efforts to build a blueprint with partners from Aging Dynamics and Jeffco Food Policy Council. Now, using an easy -to-understand interactive Food System Map, you can see which areas in our community lack access to healthy, affordable food. You can also find important local resources, such as community gardens and food pantries.
Helping decision makers and influencers understand food insecurity in Jefferson County starts with getting a solid pulse on the needs of our community. It’s also an important step toward systemic change. A new report published by the Jeffco Food Policy Council provides new insights into a community-centered approached to long-term recovery and resilience for Jefferson County food systems.White Paper
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