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February updates from Denver’s Food Systems Team

New funding opportunities, Job opportunities in farming and equity, COVID-19 vaccine info for food workers, Healthy Food for Denver's Kids updates.

Shared by our partners at Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE). For details specific to this article, please contact CommunityHealth@denvergov.org.

Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids (HFDK) updates

Join us virtually for the February HFDK Commission meeting

The HFDK Commission will hold its next monthly meeting on Friday February 19, 2020 from 9:00-11:30 am via Zoom. Join us for an update and strategy discussion with Denver Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services and a presentation from Hunger Free Colorado on federal nutrition programs and opportunities. All meeting materials can be found on our Google Drive.

All meetings are open to the public and Spanish language interpretation will be provided.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/708106523
Meeting ID: 708 106 523
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We will also be live streaming this meeting on our Facebook Page.

HFDK Micro Grants

HFDK is offering micro-grants (up to $10,000) to nonprofits, schools, and City agencies, with a focus on (but not limited to) the following priority areas:

  1. Food storage supplies to provide additional food or meals to Denver youth.
  2. Delivery of healthy snacks or meals to Denver youth who are not able to pick up food items at community or other distribution sites.
  3. Provide food to Denver youth most heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Apply here: http://bit.ly/hfdkmicro2021
Applications accepted year-round on a rolling basis. 

Questions or comments?
Please email lauren.howe@denvergov.org

HDFK Annual Report to City Council

In case you missed it, check out the Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids Annual Report to City Council. In 2020, HFDK distributed nearly $7 million to 64 organizations promoting healthy food access and food-based education for youth. Go to our website under “Impacts of the Funds” for a one pager, slide deck for the City Council presentation, or read the full annual report.

Food-related funding opportunities

Looking for grant funds to support your organization food work? Check out this spreadsheet of food-related funding opportunities. Upcoming grants include theMile High United Way: Strategic Investment Grant for Emergency and Basic Needs (due 2/12/21), the Cigna Healthier Kids for Our Future Food Insecurity Grant (due 2/26/21), the USDA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (closes 5/4/21), and more!

Denver Broncos grant opportunity

The Denver Broncos Community Grant Program application is open for the 2021 funding cycle. This granting opportunity offers Colorado-based nonprofits and youth football leagues/teams the ability to apply for grant funding (up to $10,000 per organization) for community projects and programs focusing on one or more of five focus areas:

–    Youth Development
–    Quality of Life
–    Health & Wellness
–    Youth Football
–    Civic Engagement

For more information, eligibility and guideline requirements, and to apply, please visit: dbron.co/grants. For a grant overview one-pager, click here

The 2021 grant application will close on Friday, February 26, 2021.

Job opportunities

Denver Public Schools is hiring a farmer. To apply, candidates can visit https://careers.dpsk12.org/, click “Apply Now”, and search for position number 44120. Interested candidates can contact Anne Wilson at 720-423-5608 via phone or Anne_Wilson@dpsk12.org via email. Here is the job description and instructions for applying for a position with DPS (closing date: 02/28/2021)

The Urban Farm is hiring a Horticultural Apprentice Farmer. The Urban Farm, a 501(c)3 non-profit, inspires excitement for learning through hands-on education and practical work experience, while fostering respect, responsibility, curiosity, compassion, and grit. As a community farm and education center, they work to remove the barriers to entry for urban youth to engage and experience the benefits of agriculture, land stewardship, animal husbandry in a holistic environment. Check out the job descriptionApplications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until February 28th.

Nourish Colorado is seeking to contract with an equity analyst to provide a policy analysis that will assist in identifying food system issues, gaps, and opportunities for change. The equity analyst will develop a comprehensive review of how the laws, regulations, and historical funding patterns identified by the legal analyst either advance or hinder racial and social equity. This equity-based assessment would be a unique deliverable currently missing from policy planning of many food system organizations. Nourish Colorado is actively seeking BIPOC-led agencies or BIPOC individuals to respond to this RFP.

COVID-19 vaccine information for food workers

Denver’s Phase 1B for COVID-19 Vaccine Distributon includes frontline food essential workers. Eligible workers include: Frontline essential workers in education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, U.S. postal service, public transit and specialized transportation staff, grocery, public health, frontline essential human service workers, and direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness. Currently, vaccines for this phase are expected to be available in March. For food banks or food pantries who wish to have employees or volunteers be provided with the vaccine, you may provide a workplace ID or paystub, and also can allow a letter from the employer or organization that an individual volunteers with. The vaccine will be free, but some providers/pharmacies may ask for insurance so that they can bill for the vaccine administration fee. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance will cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, uninsured Coloradans will have access to free vaccines. For more information on how to access the vaccine visit: https://denvergov.org/Government/COVID-19-Information/Vaccination

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out in Denver, including vaccination schedule, vaccine safety, and getting a vaccination, please click here