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Boulder Food Rescue

For every $1 donated we redistribute over $8 worth of fruits and vegetables to low-income people in our community, by bicycle. In just 8 years we have redistributed over 3 million pounds of healthy produce to low-income people and have engaged them in participatory and community-based solutions.

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Food Redistribution

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

The central program of our organization is food rescue. Currently, we perform around 12 pickups each day, seven days a week, delivering on average 1,600 pounds of healthy food (fruits and vegetables) daily to designated recipient organizations and no-cost grocery programs. In order to be as inclusive and engaging as possible, we have a diversity of projects that center around the issue of food justice.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have thus far redistributed over 3 million pounds of healthy food to 36 different recipient sites, including daycares, preschools, food pantries and low income housing sites. 88% of this has been done by bicycle.

No-Cost Grocery Programs

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Physically Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

One of our goals is to creatively distribute food to those that do not or are unable to access traditional resources and develop participatory programs with them to encourage them to be involved with their own goals in achieving food sovereignty. We have been able to do this through the development of our grocery program, where we donate to low-income senior or family housing sites, pre-schools or other after-school programs and then allow the recipients to create their own food programs where they sort and distribute the food amongst themselves. They set it up as a free grocery or redistribute it however they want to hand it out. This cuts down on significant barriers to accessing traditional food access services.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have 28 no-cost grocery program sites around Boulder that are all working to distribute food to people who wouldn't access it through other programs. We have done 3 years worth of qualitative research to understand barriers to access food and so we know this program cuts down on those barriers.

We collect feedback on a frequent basis and follow up with people on their feedback to ensure the program is running successfully. We have increased participation in our programs by 12% in the last 6 months.

Community Based Participatory Research

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

We have been working with the food insecure population to do community-based research this year, and are currently in the middle of our work. Our goal is to better qualify food insecurity in Boulder and work with people to understand barriers and design ideas to address barriers across demographics.

There are 3 stages of this research:
1. Multi-media elicited interviews: participants take pictures and videos of their experiences getting food and then work with us to tell us about their experiences.
2. Data analysis with participants: individuals work together in a series of workshops to analyze the data themselves from stage 1
3. Design workshops: individuals are going to look at the analysis that came out of stage 2 and design strategies to address common barriers around participation. We will use the design workshops to develop ways that food-insecure individuals can better participate in their food access. We are also working with nonprofits across Boulder to see where they would be able to include participants in their programs.

We are now training nonprofits to become more participatory through our findings and creating a framework to help them do so.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have hundreds of pages of invaluable qualitative data that nonprofits and local government can use to better understand food access in Boulder. We have determined several key themes of our research and are including food-insecure individuals in the process of designing strategies to help support their own efforts to have more control and a larger voice in their own healthy food access.

We are about to publish a Participation Framework and Toolkit for nonprofit learning.

Food Rescue Alliance

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

Food Rescue Alliance (FRA) facilitates grassroots food recovery and movement-building to end food waste. FRA expands the mission of Boulder Food Rescue (BFR) to "create a more just and less wasteful food system" on a regional, national and international level by providing direct support to individuals and communities starting or currently directing food rescue programs. Membership Benefits include software, direct consulting, peer-learning, resource sharing, and bi-monthly workshops on topics selected by members.

For more information, go to foodrescuealliance.org

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have 18 members across Colorado and the US and into Canada who are active in the Food Rescue Alliance.

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