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New Food Vision Provides Framework for a More Inclusive, Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Denver

DENVER – The City and County of Denver today released its first-ever long term strategic plan for food, the Denver Food Vision. The release of the final document follows a year-long outreach effort that included online surveys, industry focus groups and public outreach events to help ensure broad and diverse representation from neighborhood, industry and community groups across the city.

The Denver Food Vision, a policy document intended to guide the way food makes Denver a more inclusive, healthy, vibrant and resilient, sets forth an ambitious, comprehensive approach to further develop Denver’s food system. The newly released report is one of only about a dozen nationwide that include priorities, strategies and achievable goals to provide direction related to land use, public investment and public-private partnerships.

“We have to take a multi-faceted approach to improving Denver residents’ access to healthy food and food-related economic opportunities, and the Denver Food Vision provides that framework. Together, we can build a food system that helps create and sustain a more inclusive, healthy, vibrant and resilient city,” said Mayor Hancock.

The following 12 priorities are detailed in the 35-page vision:

  1. Invest in building community-driven complete neighborhood food environments
  2. Expand community food production and sharing
  3. Improve access to a wide variety of healthy food retail options
  4. Ensure that healthy food is affordable for everyone
  5. Promote healthy food environments and education for youth
  6. Increase community demand for healthy foods
  7. Develop Denver as an epicenter for the regional food economy
  8. Support the creation, expansion and economic strength of Denver food businesses
  9. Spur innovation and entrepreneurship across food and agricultural industries
  10. Expand and preserve regional food system assets and infrastructure
  11. Promote environmentally regenerative and climate smart food systems
  12. Reduce amount of food going to waste

Creation of the Denver Food Vision was undertaken in conjunction with the Mayor-appointed Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, Denver City Council members, 92 community and industry co-sponsors, and an interagency working group that included the Department of Environmental Health, Office of Economic Development, Department of Community Planning and Development, Denver Public Health, Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Human Services, and Colorado State University Extension-Denver County.

This winter, the city will release an action plan detailing the city’s implementation of the Denver Food Vision and setting the stage for additional public, private and community partnerships needed to achieve Denver’s Food Vision by the year 2030.

For more information about Environmental Health’s work around Food Policy, visit www.denvergov.org/DEH.