Produce stands battle “food deserts”
The Denver Post
Affordable produce just arrived in two Denver neighborhoods that do not have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Farm stands will set up in the Sun Valley and Montbello neighborhoods at least once a week until October as part of an annual partnership between Denver Human Services and Denver Botanic Gardens.
The produce is grown at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. The program started in 2015 to provide access to neighborhoods identified with limited access to fresh food, or areas considered “food deserts.” The farm stand garden produced 10,000 pounds of food in 2016.
This year, Denver Human Services introduced a fourth location, at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building.
The location means the stands are open for an additional day per week this year.
“There’s a huge demand for fresh food right now, and the more places that offer it, the better,” DHS spokeswoman Sue Cobb said.
She said produce accessibility is critical in order to combat childhood obesity because parents without access to fruits and vegetables struggle to put healthy food on the table. She said that this is one of the many benefits of the program.
Food stands are open:
• Mondays — DHS Richard T. Castro Building, 1200 Federal Blvd., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Wednesdays — Wellington E. Webb Office Building, 201 E. Colfax Ave., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Fridays — DHS Arie P. Taylor Montbello Office, 4685 Peoria St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Saturdays — Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The produce will be sold at a reduced price. Customers can use SNAP food assistance program eligibility to qualify for additional discounts, including the Double Up Food Bucks Colorado incentive, which allows customers to get double the food for the same price.