The Fresh Foundation focuses on food security by supporting local farmers and overcoming food equity barriers. These goals are met by distributing locally grown produce to food banks, school snacks, senior lunch programs, and low-income households, as well as providing meals during various community events.
Community Food Connection
In 2019 the Fresh Foundation launched a produce distribution program called Community Food Connection. The program hosts garden plots dedicated to growing food for our regional food pantries. Between 2019 and 2021, we were able to grow and distribute 2650 lbs. of produce. We took a break in 2022 but will begin again at the Norwood Community Garden in the Spring of 2023. Please contact us to volunteer!
WEFL Backpack Program & Kids Snack Program
Providing For Kids
Fresh Foundation collaborates with the West End Family Link in Nucla and Norwood Food Bank Backpack programs by providing local food subsidies, when available. Through Telluride Foundation grants, we are able to provide weekly subsidies for these programs as well as the Lone Cone Library Lunch program.
Low-Income CSA Program
Helping those in Need
With the help of other non-profit partners including the Town Of Mountain Village and the Telluride Foundation, the Fresh Foundation assists in offering 80-85 low-income CSA’s to Mountain Village residents. The CSA boxes are distributed through the Mountain Village Farmer’s market for a 14 week growing season.
Supporting The Elderly
Over the years, we have been able to fund multiple meal services out of the Fresh Food Hub. Currently, we offer local food subsidies and administrative services to both Nucla-Naturita Senior Lunch program and Town of Norwood Senior Lunch program.
Teaching Cooking Skills
Over the years, we offered cooking demonstrations at the Fresh Food Hub. These cooking demos highlighted produce recipes and easy ways to incorporate produce into meals on a budget. In 2022 we funded three “Cooking Matters” series through Tri-County Health. We are always looking for more ways to offer food education.
Other Non-profit Programs
In its inception, The Hub offered free and sliding scale cooking classes, nutrition courses, and educational events. These events have always been focused around food, offering free meals along with a movie or speaker. To date, we have given hundreds of free plates of food to anyone attending. Looking into the future, we hope to host more of these events for the community.