Denver Inner City Parish was awarded almost $1.27 million in year three of the Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids Initiative through the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment!
Thanks to HFDK and DDPHE, DICP will be able to provide the Denver community with fresh healthy food to families who need it most, nutritious meals to kids, health education to parents and children, and supporting services to all. This grant impacts many important programs at DICP, which you can read more about below.
This grant from HFDK allows us to revamp our Care Navigation program! Because of this generosity, we are equipped to reach out into the community and enroll families and individuals in SNAP, which can provide $100 a week to people facing food insecurity. Care Navigation also provides several other emergency services such as utility assistance, material resource provisions and more.
The Mobile Food Pantry visits several sites throughout Denver on a bi-monthly basis using a client-choice model. When participants enter our mobile pantry vehicles , they're able to choose culturally relevant, fresh and healthy foods that work best for them. This allows participants to pick out the foods that they are familiar with and that suit their dietary needs.
DICP's Veggie Rx program provides education about healthy foods for everyone in the family. Veggie Rx was originally designed for individuals diagnosed with health problems connected to obesity, but now serves youth and families as well.
The Greens-N-Grains food truck is part of the mobile program. The truck distributes healthy meals to youth in Denver's food deserts and neighborhoods where food insecurity is high. The food truck partners with schools and out-of-school programs during the school year to distribute 600 meals per week.
Thank you HFDK! We look forward to utilizing these funds throughout the year to positively impact the Denver community.