Our core mission at Food Bank of the Rockies is to provide the communities we serve with equitable, dignified access to food. Moreover, we want to provide our clients with food they recognize and enjoy.
We have implemented several new programs specifically designed to achieve these goals, including our Culturally Responsive Food Initiative (CRFI), FRESH, and a brand-new pilot program launching this summer that involves purchasing high-quality produce from food hubs across Colorado and delivering it directly to rural partners who previously have had difficulty accessing fresh food.
Another way we strive to provide fresh, culturally respectful produce to clients is by teaming up with local agricultural partners. One such partner is Colorado State University’s Western Colorado Research Center. On average, the research center harvests around 90,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables for us to distribute to our Hunger Relief Partners every year. Last year, they went one step further and collaborated with us on CRFI produce, growing tomatillos, cilantro, and hot peppers in response to client requests.
We are always looking for new opportunities to connect with the communities we serve, and to provide the most nutrient-rich, nourishing food possible to our clients. Continue reading to learn more about our partnership with CSU’s Western Colorado Research Center, and stay tuned for more stories about additional partnerships with growers across our service area.