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The Fresh Foundation focuses on food security by supporting local farmers and working to reduce 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.​ We now also run the Norwood Food Pantry and can expand upon food equity work through this additional program. To learn more about any program mentioned here go to our "Food Resources" page.

Community Food Connection

Connecting Community

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.  In 2023 at the Norwood Community Garden we grew 250lbs from our plots. Please contact us to volunteer for the 2024 season! 510-205-4550

Backpack and lunch programs for kids

Kid focused collaborations

Fresh Foundation collaborates with the Telluride Foundation to provide funding and local food subsidies for West End Family Link and Norwood Food Pantry kids backpack programs (Totes for Hope, a program of Food Bank of the Rockies). We also work to collaborate and support the library lunch program in Norwood. We were able to offer a food grant in 2023 and in 2024 we are running a few hot lunch events. Our pantry also provides free snacks and fruit to program. 

Qualifying-Income CSAs, Food pantry, voucher programs

Connecting community with food

-With Town Of Mountain Village the Fresh Foundation assists in offering 80-85 low-income CSA’s to Mountain Village residents.

-We run the Norwood Food Pantry and work to provide high quality local produce along with other free foods for community members. 

-We offer EBT, double up, FoodRX and WIC vouchers at all of our farm stands and CSA programs.

-We partner with The WIC office to provide Family Wellness boxes and seasonal WIC farm boxes.

 

Senior Lunch

Supporting Our Seniors

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, part of a collaborative project with the Telluride Foundation.

Cooking Demonstrations

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

Education Events

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.