This project trains residents in low-income communities in Denver how to grow fresh, organic produce for their families, and to earn a sustainable livelihood by creating a community farmers market.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
We are addressing the epidemic of a lack of healthy food in low-income and underserved neighborhoods, which further perpetuates a cycle of poverty, poor health, and violence. The USDA estimates that 44 million Americans (500,000 in Denver) are food insecure. In Westwood, a neighborhood in SW Denver with a total population of 16,000 residents – 24% below Federal poverty levels - there is not one grocery store. As a result, 15% of residents have diabetes, and 78% are overweight or obese.
How will this project solve this problem?
This systemic cycle can be reversed through a comprehensive community food project that includes food production through backyard gardens and community urban farms, distribution through neighborhood markets, and education on food and nutrition.
Potential Long Term Impact
We plan to initiate a Community Food Project in 11 communities, which will produce over 100,000 pounds of food for over 5,000 families. The result will be an increase in healthy eating and a dramatic decline in diet-related illness.
Total Funding Received to Date: $195
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $195 . The original project funding goal was $25,000.