Denver Emergency Food Relief Fund

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Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to widespread impacts on Denver’s food security. Emergency food providers and pantries have seen a dramatic increase in the demand for their services. Food insecurity has surged above the pre-crisis rate of 11%. It is currently estimated to be about a quarter of the city’s population. Communities of color have been some of the hardest hit as a result of COVID-19. These communities suffer greater health impacts from both the virus and inadequate access to healthy foods. To help address these needs, the City and County of Denver has completed two rounds of funding through the Denver Emergency Food Relief Funds program. This grant will expand critical emergency food, grocery, and meal programs for residents affected by COVID-19. The City has provided access to funds to meet community demand for food for nonprofits. Funds are provided through the Federal CARES Act.

Organizations Funded Include: 

Round 1

  • A Little Help
  • Atlantis Community, Inc.
  • Barton Institute for Community Action
  • Bienvenidos Food Bank
  • Birdseed Collective/Globeville Center
  • Brother Jeffs Cultural Center
  • Casa de Paz
  • Church in the city-BA
  • Colorado Changemakers Collective
  • Commún
  • Community Care Collective
  • Community Ministry of SW Denver
  • Denver Dream Center
  • Denver Inner City Parish
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • Ekar Farm
  • Family Star
  • Feeding Denvers Hungry Inc
  • Fighting to Farm
  • Fill the Void
  • Focus Points Family Resource Center
  • Front Line Farming
  • GES Coalition
  • Heart & Hand Center
  • HSA-UWC
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Jovial Concepts
  • Kaizen Food Rescue
  • Kavod Senior Life
  • Lord’s Daily Bread
  • Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Metro Caring
  • Metro Ministries
  • Montbello Organizing Committee
  • New Beginnings Ministry Denver
  • Project VOYCE
  • Redeeming Love
  • Rocky Mountain Prep 
  • Shorter Community AME Church
  • Southwest Improvement Council
  • Sprout City Farms
  • Stone Soup Inc.
  • Struggle of Love Foundation
  • The Gathering Place
  • The GrowHaus
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Table Urban Farm
  • The Urban Farm
  • There With Care
  • Vivent Health
  • Volunteers of America Colorado
  • We Don't Waste
  • West Campus Food Bank
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Denver

Round 2

  • Capitol Hill Community Services
  • Center for African American Hlth
  • Centro Christiano Amistad
  • Denver Community Kollel
  • Denver Dream Center
  • Denver Indian Center
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • Denver Sister's Circle
  • Feeding Denver's Hungry
  • Fighting to Farm
  • Food for Thought
  • Fresh Food Connect
  • God's Will Fellowship
  • Grace Center Church
  • GrowHaus
  • Heart and Hand Center
  • HSA UWC
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Jovial Concepts
  • Kavod Senior Center
  • Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Metro Caring
  • Metro Ministries
  • Montbello Organizing Committee
  • New Beginnings
  • Open Door Ministries
  • Praise Center Church
  • Regis
  • Revision
  • Sewall Child Dev. Center
  • Stone Soup
  • Struggle of Love
  • Sun Valley Kitchen
  • SW Improvement Council
  • Tom Chei Shabbat
  • Urban Farm
  • Urban Peak
  • YMCA of Denver

Stay tuned for grant impacts and data.

Additional Information

Learn more about the funding, program requirements and priorities, and eligibility.

Program Requirements

A requirement of the Denver Emergency Food Relief funding is that it is spent on those affected by the COVID-19 virus including:

  • Seniors
  • Those lacking mobility
  • People with underlying health conditions
  • Those with disabilities
  • Families where a member has contracted the COVID-19 virus
  • Those who have been economically affected by the virus, e.g., if someone has lost a job due to a business closure.  

Funds can only be used for those affected by COVID-19, not those who received food assistance before COVID-19. This is determined by comparing the number of people served before the pandemic to the number served now. For example, if the organization was serving 300 people per month prior to the pandemic, and is now serving 1,000 people, these funds may only be used for the additional 700 people served. The funds cannot be used to meet a food need that existed before the pandemic.

Program Priorities

You are more likely to receive a grant if you are located in, or provide services to one or more of these priority categories:

  • Nonprofits who are operating within priority neighborhoods including:
    • Elyria- Swansea
    • Globeville
    • NE Parkhill
    • East Colfax
    • West Colfax
    • Montbello
    • Sun Valley
    • Valverde
    • Villa Park
    • Westwood
    • College View South
    • Lincoln Park
    • Barnum
    • Athmar Park
    • Goldsmith
  • Nonprofits that provide service to vulnerable populations including under-resourced or historically marginalized groups such as:
    • Communities of color
    • Older adults
    • People experiencing poverty or homelessness
    • Immigrants and refugees
    • People living with disabilities
    • LGBTQ
    • Veterans

Who is eligible to apply?

Nonprofit agencies that are incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 and registered with the State of Colorado are eligible to apply. This includes those agencies with a fiscal sponsor incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 and registered in the State of Colorado.

How can the funds be used?

Examples of how the funds may be used include but are not limited to:

  • Purchasing food
  • Food distribution
  • Food delivery
  • Staff time
  • Retrofitting facilities due to the increased demand for food services
  • Changes due to new sanitary standards as a result of COVID-19

For example, funds can only be used for those goods and services provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the organization was serving 300 people per month prior to the pandemic, and is now serving 1,000 people, these funds may only be used for the additional 700 people served. The funds cannot be used to meet a food need that existed before the pandemic.