We are working to decrease barriers to accessing food and create participatory models of food distribution; we call these No-Cost Grocery Programs: The food we pick up gets delivered to one of the ~40 recipient sites we partner with in Boulder and is typically used within 24 hours. Our number 1 priority is to decrease barriers to accessing food. Although there are many amazing organizations in Boulder feeding people, there are still barriers to accessing these organizations. To bypass this, we go straight to where people gather. We drop food to low-income housing sites, family sites, senior homes, day-cares and pre-schools. Here, we work with community leaders to run what we call ” No-Cost Grocery Programs.” A grocery program is a food distribution arena that exists in residents’ own community rooms or schools, and these community leaders are in charge of how, when, and where to distribute the food, and we just support them on the back end by building strong relationships with individuals to have the most say in how their programs should run.
This participatory approach enables community leaders to be at the forefront of actualizing their own food security.
“You all don’t empower people. You are bridge builders, relationship builders. You build the bridges between food resources and communities who desire that food. You don’t empower people to walk over the bridge, they already have their own power.” – BFR Member
Secondly, we provide food to day shelters and food pantries that serve the homeless and low-income individuals already. This enables each of these organizations to have more access to fruits and vegetables that they wouldn’t otherwise have. We know that through these organizations, individuals have more choice in their fruit and vegetable intake. For example, at Harvest of Hope Food Pantry, their previously limited selection of produce is now unlimited to shoppers.
We also provide food to special events for charities on occasion and provide some food to pay-what-you-can meals, and low income housing cooperatives.