Birdseed Collective is a small community & arts non-profit organization directed by two former long-time residents of Globeville. One of their goals is to create opportunities for positive community and artistic programs in the Globeville neighborhood and Denver more generally. With years of experience in implementing many projects and programs, Birdseed Collective and volunteers have committed to running a weekly resident-based food distribution program called “The Globeville Free Healthy Food Distribution and Preservation Program.” Through collaboration with Denver Food Rescue who redistributes the healthy food to Globeville, our Monday distribution program at the Globeville Recreation Center is going on it’s 3rd strong year.
Hunger is a sensitive issue and must be handled with compassion and in a non-intrusive environment. With a culturally sensitive and education-focused approach, participants receive pounds of healthy food weekly, learn about and try new healthy food options, learn food preservation techniques, and build community. Also through this program, 4 residents are now employed and are educated in job skills which they will use in the future. In 2015, our program served 387 unduplicated participants, and distributed 38,684 pounds of healthy food. This does not include fresh donations from Rainbo Bread and Raquelita’s Tortillas. Many goals for the program have been achieved such as hiring 4 residents and other staff, adding food preservation and expanding on our mission of “The Art of Healthy Living.”
Program details: Open to the Public Globeville Rec. Center: 4496 Grant St. Denver, CO 80216 Mondays at 3:00 pm 4:00 pm
Elyria-Swansea – The GrowHaus
The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor farm, marketplace and educational center in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. Our vision is a world where all communities have the means to nourish themselves, and our mission is to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for food distribution, production, education, and economic development.
The GrowHaus partners with DFR to provide an educational grocery program every Monday. In this innovative community- led program, participants engage in a creative cooking class, and strengthen community ties by sharing a delicious meal together, all alongside the free distribution of healthy food. Our MOVIL (mobile) grocery program delivers these free grocery items to nearly 20 home-bound neighbors each week (usually by bike!). These programs also provide job opportunities for several residents of our neighborhood.
Program Details: Open to the public The GrowHaus 4751 York St, Denver, CO 80216 Mondays at 11:00 am
Clayton – Clayton Early Learning
A major proving ground for all things early childhood, Clayton Early Learning is Colorado’s leading catalyst in providing early care and education, and collaborating with others to improve these important services. Our work focuses on ensuring optimal development during the critical birth-to-5 period for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We succeed in closing learning gaps of disadvantaged children through a powerful model unique to Clayton Early Learning that harnesses the synergy of four dynamic initiatives – research, practice, training, and advocacy.
Specifically, the Food for Families committee at Clayton Early Learning was created as a result of high levels of food insecurity among families we serve. Our committee aims to provide nutritious food for all families and staff, as well as nutrition education and cooking skills. Our partnership with Denver Food Rescue allows staff and families to access healthy fruits and vegetables, to trade new recipes with others, and encourages them to try new foods!
Open to Clayton Early Learning families
Park Hill – Boys & Girls Clubs (Vickers)
As one of the most well-known youth organizations in the country, Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people with opportunities to engage in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their lives, and foster the skills they need to become leaders in their communities.The Vickers Boys & Girls Club provides services to young people in the area, providing a place from them to learn, grow and succeed in life. They have had a No Cost Grocery Program set up for youth and their families who participate in the program since September of 2014.
Open to Vickers Boys & Girl Club parents & families
Lincoln Park / Baker – Boys & Girls Clubs (The Cope Club)
As one of the most well-known youth organizations in the country, Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people with The Cope Club serves nearly 1,000 members each year and participates in a variety of community events. The Club also features the Teen Center equipped with computer stations, books and research resources, and serves as a quiet place for teens to concentrate on their studies and have fun. They have had a No Cost Grocery Program since 2015.
Open to Cope Boys & Girls Club families
Five Points – Heart & Hand
Heart & Hand is dedicated to improving the lives of at risk youth and their families. Through high quality out of school time programming, we empower all children and families with the skills, information, and resources they need to create and realize their dreams. By investing in consistent and compassionate support for our children and families, we strive to disrupt the cycle of poverty and close the opportunity gap.
Heart & Hand serves 100, low-income youth in Denver’s 5 Points neighborhood. What makes Heart & Hand unique is our model of long term, intensive support. Our students come day after day, year after year, because they are known and nurtured in the Heart & Hand family. Daily programming ensures students develop the resources that research shows are critical for long term success: relationships with trusted adults, supportive peer networks, a safe after school environment, academic support, empowerment programming, and social-emotional skill building.
Heart & Hand families are grateful to Denver Food Rescue for the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables we receive on Wednesdays at our after school program site. This nutritious bounty is especially valuable to our many food insecure families.
Open to Heart & Hand families
Aurora –Project Worthmore
Project Worthmore (PWM) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of Denver-area refugees by providing cultural mentorship and community supports. Started by Frank and Carolyn Anello in early 2011, PWM began as a makeshift response to the unmet needs of our refugee neighbors. Now as relationships and knowledge of refugee needs have grown, the community response has become an organized effort to serve the vast needs through the heart of our community.
The Food Share Program at PWM was created in response to the lack of access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetable for refugees in Metro-Denver. Twice a week, volunteers pick up the rescued produce. They then deliver it PWM, where there is a special storage area with refrigeration. Those same days, between 25-35 refugee families come to “shop” for the food that they want. In order to offer culturally-relevant and healthful food, no canned, processed or sugar-laden food is accepted. One hundred and fifty families have accessed fresh, nutritious food during weekly distribution times, in a “market-style” setting where they may choose food items. The Yu Meh Food Share strives to be culturally-appropriate and community-driven through a membership process and including refugees as volunteers and leaders. Each family that utilizes the program has a membership card that is bought for $10. In the year since the program started, more than thirty thousand pounds of food have been distributed in partnership with Denver Food Rescue, Metro Caring, Fresh Guys, Sprout City Farms, and 5280 Produce.
Open to Refugee populations
Montbello – KIPP College Prep, Maxwell Elementary, Academy 360
Due to the unique size and layout of the Montbello neighborhood, members of this community decided that there should be multiple No Cost Grocery Programs across the neighborhood to reach the maximum number of families. Through a long community listening and feedback integration process, the Montbello community decided on three locations for their NCGPs: KIPP College Prep, Maxwell Elementary, and Academy 360, all DPS schools, equally spaced across the neighborhood. This model is a first for DFR, but has shown incredible success and room for growth since it’s implementation in the spring of 2016. Each program occurs on Thursday afternoons as the schools are letting out, giving families the ability to conveniently pick up fresh produce as they are picking up their kids from school. These programs each provide fresh produce for about 50 families every week, and operate throughout the year. All are open to the surrounding community.
Open to school families
Sun Valley – Sun Valley Youth Center, Sun Valley Kitchen, Denver Housing Authority, Westside Clinic, Earthlinks
Residents and organizations (Sun Valley Youth Center, Sun Valley Kitchen, Denver Housing Authority, the Westside Clinic and Earthlinks) came together to help facilitate healthy food access to over 100 people each week. Did you know 60% of residents in Sun Valley are under the age of 18? This is an ideal demographic to participate with considering DFR’s long-term goal of increasing health equity.
Program Details: Open to the Public
Sun Valley Kitchen 1230 Decatur St, Denver, CO 80204 Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, Saturdays at 11:00 am
Denver Food Rescue
1368 26th Street
Denver, CO 80205