Our Food Redistribution Program is about getting excess food that would otherwise be wasted to communities who can utilize it that day. This is our main direct service program. It ensures that communities have enough to eat, minimizes barriers to accessing food, gets fresh produce (that is somewhat limited at pantries) directly to people, and supports the food security of over 6,000 people in Boulder.
How it Works
Step 1: We coordinate with 20+ food donors to donate produce and other soon-to-expire or overstocked food.
Step 2: Our donors load this food into boxes and set them aside for our courier volunteers to pick up and sort.
Step 3: Couriers load the donated food into bike trailers or their cars and haul it to one of our 36 No Cost Grocery Program sites or other recipient sites that is scheduled to receive it.
Step 4: Our sites – including No Cost Grocery Programs at affordable housing, shelters, daycares and preschools, communities and other gathering places – use the donated food within 24-48 hours. About 2/3 of these sites are No Cost Grocery Programs, and these communities facilitate their own food redistribution and create systems to bypass barriers to food access.
- Our decentralized food rescue model doesn’t require storage, allowing us to deliver fresh food directly to our recipient sites.
- By delivering food using bicycles, we have developed a sustainable food rescue model that is quick, economical, and gentle on the environment.
- In addition to delivering food to recipient sites, we also work with residential volunteers to help them set up No Cost Grocery Programs. These Grocery Program Coordinators live at low income housing sites, senior centers, or work at after-school programs and preschools. By enabling them to direct their own systems for distribution, they actualize their own food access security.
Our Partners In This Work:
Our team of 150+ volunteers distributes an average of 1,600 pounds of produce daily to a number of different places, and we could not do it without our partners.
These recipient sites include 31 No-Cost Grocery Programs at low-income housing sites, schools, and daycares. This program encourages resident leaders to distribute food in their own communities and creates participatory systems that bypass barriers to food access.
Our food donors provide our recipient organizations with healthy, fresh food that is soon-to-expire or overstocked, directly impacting those experiencing food insecurity within the Boulder community.
Businesses and organizations: Bona Coffee Roasters, Boulder County Farmers Market, Colorado Pet Pantry, Conscious Coffees, Growe Foundation, Google, Growing Gardens, Milk & Honey Farm, & Uproot Colorado
No-Cost Grocery Program Recipients
At our No Cost Grocery Program sites, we work with the community leaders who are in charge of how, when, and where to distribute the food in order to actualize individuals’ own food security. Learn more here.
- Boulder Housing Partners (17 sites)
- Arapahoe Court
- Broadway East
- Broadway West
- Canyon Pointe
- Diagonal Court
- Glen Willow
- High Mar
- Iris Hawthorne
- Palo Park
- Red Oak Park
- Tantra Lake
- Walnut Place
- Thistle Affordable Housing
- Mapleton Mobile Homes
- Schools and Daycares
- Other organizaitons
- 9 to 5 (3 sites)
- Jamestown Area Community Foundation (3 sites)
- Boulder SAFE
- Boulder Bridge House – Community Table Kitchen
- Golden West
- Mother House
- Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
- Mental Health Partners: Warner House
Community Fruit Rescue is a partnership of several organizations that will pick excess fruit from your yard and donate it to programs around Boulder. For more information go to fruitrescue.org
Thank you to our grant funders and individual donors that make this work possible!