UpRoot Colorado

A nonprofit organization

$14,068 raised by 101 donors

70% complete

$20,000 Goal

UpRoot Colorado harvests and redistributes surplus fruits and vegetables from farms and fruit trees across Colorado, increasing access to nutritious food for all Coloradans, reducing agricultural surplus, and fostering connections between community members and our local food system.

We partner with food producers and recruit volunteers to harvest crops that might otherwise not be harvested or eaten. After the harvest, we work with programs that distribute this food at no cost to members of our community who do not have adequate access to nutritious foods. 

UpRoot is the only organization working on agricultural surplus recovery at a statewide level in Colorado, and our efforts increase connectedness between stakeholders in the food system who may not have the capacity to connect with one another if UpRoot did not exist.

Your donation to UpRoot Colorado will help UpRoot to increase our capacity and grow our positive impact in the Colorado food system in 2024!

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UpRoot increases the nutrition security of Coloradans by harvesting and redistributing surplus, nutrient-dense food while supporting the resilience of farmers.

We envision a less wasteful Colorado food system in which all have access to the nutritious food they need to live healthy lives, and where farmers are valued as cornerstones of our society.

Background Statement

The origin story for UpRoot’s current work began at “Feeding the 5000 Front Range,” a food-waste-awareness event held in Denver over World Food Day weekend in October 2016. That weekend, gleaning events on two Colorado farms provided about 1,500 pounds of fresh produce for the event, recovered in about five hours.

Impressed by the amount of food left unharvested on Colorado farms in mid-October, UpRoot’s co-founders began a research phase that did not reveal any statewide, concerted efforts to recover surplus food and redistribute it to Coloradans facing nutrition insecurity.

Since that time, UpRoot has steadfastly begun to fill this gap in Colorado’s food system. Since 2017, UpRoot has recovered more than 330,000 pounds—which equates to approximately three million servings—of locally grown, nutrient-dense surplus food and redistributed this life-sustaining resource into the hands of Colorado residents facing barriers to healthy food access.

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Organization name

UpRoot Colorado

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Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Environment, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Organization Size

Small Organization


PO Box 1952
Carbondale, CO 81623

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US

Delta County, CO, US

Denver, CO, US

Garfield County, CO, US

Pitkin County, CO, US



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