Denver Stay At Home Order – Impact on Food Access
On 3/23/20, Mayor Hancock announced a Stay at Home Order for the City and County of Denver that will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.
|Stay at Home Order for Denver: Impact on Food |
|Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced a new Public Health Order with an explicit stay at home directive for the City and County of Denver that will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The order continues through April 10 and may be extended as needed. The Mayor is urging all community residents and businesses to escalate their observance of previous stay at home guidelines amid the worsening COVID-19 epidemic.|
The order requires that all people in the City and County of Denver stay home and businesses implement work from home policies and delivery of goods to the greatest extent possible. The order also calls for Denver Metro regional municipalities to follow the broad consensus among public health professionals that every effort should be made, by all persons, to conduct only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being, such as getting groceries, obtaining medical supplies or medication, and/or engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking or running, and continuing the strict observance of physical distancing practices.
What Does this Mean for Food Providers & Food Access in Denver?
We know many food providers, pantries, groceries, etc. are wondering what the impact will be on your vital operations to ensure food access across the city and Denver metro region. To be clear, pantries, groceries and emergency food providers will be considered essential services and allowed to continue their operations and programs, especially around deliveries and pick up options for the food insecure. While farmers are not explicitly listed, they are a source of “groceries,” and we have been clear and direct with the Mayor’s office that our food producers are a crucial part of our emergency food network.
Community members will still be able to leave their homes to visit pantries, grocery stores and farms to access food. Restaurants will continue remain open for take-out and delivery.
We will answer more questions as best we are able on the emergency food providers bi-weekly call. The next call is tomorrow Tuesday 3/24/20 from 3-4pm (Zoom Meeting lauren.howe.
|HFDK Pledges $1.13M in Emergency Hunger Relief Funding|
The Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids (HFDK) Initiative has teamed up with the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger to distribute funds to feed youth ages 18 and under in Denver through the Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund. In partnership with other funders, including the Colorado Health Foundation and the Denver Foundation, the HFDK Commission has pledged a total of $1.13 million dollars to feed youth in Denver. More than $100,000 will go to the Denver Public Schools Foundation to support their emergency feeding needs, and approximately $1,000,000 will be distributed in large (>$10,000) and small ($10,000) grants to eligible Denver non-profit organizations, City agencies, schools and school districts.
To apply for these funds, please fill out the application form.
|To be considered for the first round of funding, applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Funds will be released weekly to make it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. This funding will be used to meet emergency food needs, but entities may re-apply for funding as it becomes available. Proposals that are not funded will automatically be advanced to the pool of applicants for the following week. Once you apply for grants, you can expect to receive a decision within 3-5 business days.|
Questions? Please contact: endhunger. All questions asked will be posted to the Blueprint website to ensure all applicants have the same information.