In 2015, the City of Denver undertook an extensive stakeholder engagement process to publish its ambitious Denver Food Vision 2030. To help meet those goals, local leaders are implementing the Good Food Purchasing Program as a key strategy toward creating more racially-equitable communities, improving rural-urban connections, and strengthening local economies.
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Create 33 local jobs equivalent to $1.64 million in annual local wages
Denver’s plan to build a strong regional food economy includes creating food workforce development programs and supporting community ownership of food businesses.
The city prioritizes children's nutrition by providing healthy food and food-based education for Denver’s youth.
Community partnerships and stakeholder input are central to Denver’s vision for an inclusive, vibrant, healthy, and resilient food system.
"The Good Food Purchasing Program has spurred Denver institutions to use their purchasing power to support Colorado producers and essential workers while ensuring public contracts reflect community values."
Marion Kalb - Institutional Food Program Administrator, Department of Public Health & Environment
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