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.