Denver Food in Communities, Denver, Colorado

Jurisdiction Name: Denver
State/Province: CO
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality/County
Population: 600,158
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: project
Year: 2019
GFC Topic: community food security
Keywords: affordability, community engagement, culturally appropriate, food access, food equity, food policy council, fresh produce, needs assessment, technical assistance, underserved
Adopting Government Department(s):

Denver City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Denver Department of Public Health & Environment
Support Entity(s):

Jefferson County Public Health; Tri-County Health Department; Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council; Local community food coalitions

Funding Amount: $2,000,000 for three years (2019-2021)
Funding Sources: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Cancer, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Grant Program
Policy Outcome(s):

Denver Food in Communities is a three-year project with the goal of strengthening complete neighborhood food environments through needs-assessment analysis and community collaborations to design and test food access, justice, and/or business pilot projects. The project team also plans to support food policy councils to advocate for policies that support community food needs. Predicted outcomes of the project include increasing: food access points, supportive food system policies and laws, equitable access to ‘fresh, affordable, culturally relevant food,’ and investment in neighborhood food environments. Denver Food in Communities is a project outlined in the Denver Food Action Plan, a supplementary document to the city and county food systems plan, Denver Food Vision.

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