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Nurturing a healthy community and viable agricultural economy through multi-faceted local food networks.

Voucher programs in our region

SNAP is a federally funded program offering monthly food funding depending on household size and income. SNAP helps low-income households in Colorado purchase food by providing a monthly benefit that helps families and individuals buy the food they need for good health. The benefit is provided based on income, resources and the number of individuals in the household. For more information visit the  Colorado Department of Human Services website, and to apply visit the San Miguel County Health and Human Services office.

This program is also federally funding but managed by state organizations. In CO the organization running th Double UP Food Bucks program is Nourish Colorado. Double Up Food Bucks specific to local produce access and requires an EBT card to participate.

There are limited retailers that offer this program, which is typically seen at farmers markets because it requires an average of 60% or more of local produce which is not possible for common grocery stores. When you use your EBT card you’ll get matched up to $20 per day to purchase produce. To learn more, visit the Double Up Food Bucks Colorado website.

Currently, Wilds Gals Market in Nucla and the Fresh Food Hub seasonal farmer markets are participating retailers. To learn more about our farm markets go to Shop Local up top! visit  to find a Double Up provider near you!

WIC is a federally funded supplemental food program for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, their infants and children up through five (5) years of age and provides nutritional education and food vouchers to purchase WIC approved foods. San Miguel County participants also receive Farmers Market foods from June through October in the form of vouchers or CSA shares. to fill out the online referral form visit WIC Family Sign Up – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
for more info: call office at 970-728-4289 or email Amy Eriksen, our WIC Educator, at

The Family Wellness Program of the San Juans serves pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to 5 yrs. We accept families that earn over the WIC income guidelines, but below 185% of poverty level. Families receive local food, nutrition education and breastfeeding and wellness support.  For more information visit:    Family Wellness Program

For more information or to apply, visit or call Amy at (970) 708-4365.

For general information, visit: the San Miguel County Women, Infant & Children Services website.

FoodRX is a partnership programs ran by Tri-County Health Network. Local clinics work with at risk patients to provide produce vouchers for clients to use at participating grocery stores. Thankfully this type of assistance is accepted at most grocery stores in our area via a gift certificate the clinics give to clients. Visit Tri-County Health Network for more information, or ask your local medical clinic if you qualify for the program.

Food Pantries in our region

There are three pantries in our service region of San Miguel and Montrose Counties. Through our partnerships, independent grants and community donations, the Fresh Foundation is able to provide local food subsides in which all three or our regional food banks can use. Clients can expect to see local fresh produce, and sometimes local meats and eggs at the distributions. In partnership with Blue Grouse Bread the Fresh Foundation also works to get day old bread dropped for distribution. 

In addition the Fresh Foundation absorbed the Norwood Pantry Sep. 2023. 

  • We now proudly run the Norwood Food Pantry! Food distributions are weekly on Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Annex building, Norwood School 1225 Summit Norwood

Volunteers are always welcome ! Truck arrives for unloading around 10:30am every Friday. We are in need of help anytime 10:30-6:30pm.

Call or email to schedule a volunteer shift, or for more information about our services:, (970) 729-8929

To donate to the pantry, find donate button on our homepage or send a check to: Fresh Foundation, Norwood Food Pantry Po box 82 Norwood CO 81423

Behind Second Chance Thrift Store on West Colorado

  • Food distributions are weekly on Thursday’s from 1:00 to 6:00 PM. To help expedite the distribution process, please place your order online at
  • Angel Baskets offers LatinX interpreters on hand to help out most weeks.

West End Family Link
853 Main St., Nucla

  • Food distributions are weekly on Monday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Visit West End Family Link Center for more info about all West End Family Link resources and additional food focused programing.
  • Food distributions are weekly on Monday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Visit West End Family Link Center for more info about all West End Family Link resources and additional food focused programing.

Fresh food programs in our region

In good news! The FF measure passed fall of 2022 which allows ALL children access to free lunch without income stipulations. This will ensure ALL kids have access for free breakfast and lunch at schools in Colorado.  Learn about Prop FF here! This measure includes funding for local food too!

Both the West End Family Link and Norwood Food Pantry run Totes for Hope programs. Food bags are distributed to any child who wants one which includes snacks and food for kids over the weekend.

The Norwood Food pantry, now run by our organization partners with Norwood School who distributes to all students who want to participate. The Totes for Hope are being distributed  as an “opt out” program for K-5 & an “opt in” program for 6-12. Anyone can contact Sarah Franklin or phone 970-327-4336 ext. 214 for more information. 

If your child does not attend Norwood school and you live on Wrights Mesa please reach out to request participation: txt/call 510-205-4550  Leila or email

Visit the West End Family Link Center website or call (970) 864-2246 to learn more about the Nucla service.

The Fresh Foundation provides local goods for both programs and will continue to do so in   partnership with the Telluride Foundation.

Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share program offers weekly produce boxes full of locally-grown organic produce.

Mountain Village CSA

  • Town of Mountain Village 2024 will the 7th year the program has been running. The Town of MV subsidies CSA for residents in need Farm to Community.
  • The Fresh Foundation provides these CSAs in partnership with Birdhouse Farm. Inquire with Town of Mountain Village to sign up or follow on Facebook. Applications are available in early spring each year.

Local CSA

  • The Fresh Foundation offers a local CSA plan annually for residents of Wright’s Mesa and the surrounding area. A 14-week program packs a variety of local produce from many regional farms. Value is typically $35 per week, and can be paid on pickup with SNAP, Double UP, WIC of FoodRx programs.

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Norwood Town Hall and Naturita Senior Center both host FREE senior lunches. Senior lunches are provided free of charge, no questions asked. The Fresh Foundation works with the Telluride Foundation to support these programs and provide local food for the meals. 

  • Norwood’s senior lunches are typically held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of most  months, lunches start at noon. Hosted at Norwood Town Hall, 1670 Naturita St. Call Town Hall for specific dates: 970-327-4288 or to get on the call reminder list! Lunches are free and all seniors are welcome! 
  • Naturita/Nucla Senior Center, 386 Main st. Nucla,  is hosting senior lunches weekly Wednesday and Fridays. Doors open at 10:30am, lunch at noon. There is also a monthly community breakfast every 3rd Saturday, 7:30-9:30am. All ages are welcome.
  • The Divide Restaurant in Norwood is also offering an amazing service or our seniors with lunches to-go Tuesdays- Saturdays. Please inquire with The Divide Restaurant by calling (970) 327-0227 or stop by.

To stay up to date for senior lunch events and date changes, please follow the Town of Norwood and Nucla-Naturita Senior Center on Facebook.

Kids may enjoy a free lunch at the Lone Cone Library, weekly on Fridays from Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the Lone Cone Library to reserve you child’s lunch on the calendar. No qualifications, any person under 18yrs old is welcome.

The Fresh Foundation was happy to help fund food for this program in 2023 with a mini grant and are continuing to partner for opportunities to incorporate local food including some hot meal events in 2024. Our pantry also provides free snacks. 

Evergreen senior boxes are provided through Food Bank of the Rockies and distributed at Norwood Town Hall. The boxes are full with shelf stable foods for seniors 60+. Pickup anytime Town Hall is open M-TH 7:30am- 5:30pm or pick one up at senior lunch meals.