A Recipe for Healthy Food Access

A Recipe for Healthy Food Access

From Boulder Food Rescue

Boulder Food Rescue works to create a more just and less wasteful food system. We facilitate the redistribution of healthy food that would have otherwise been wasted to low-income communities, by bicycle.

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Every day, volunteers for Boulder Food Rescue show up at an area grocery stores, sort through boxes of donated produce, strap it to their bicycle trailers, and haul it to low-income housing sites, pre-schools, daycares, food pantries and shelters. Their legs are almost as big as their hearts.

BFR distributes over 1,500 pounds of healthy food every day, and by delivering food to places where people are already gathered (housing sites and preschools), barriers to food access are minimized. Furthermore, participants of these "No Cost Grocery Programs" participate in the process, giving folks an active hand and a voice in creating their own food access. This work goes beyond traditional charity hand-outs and enables our community to take action.

Because our goal is to respond to our community, one idea was for participants of the grocery programs to submit recipes, using foods often received in deliveries, so that other community-members could cook new meals with them. Participants submitted an assortment of recipe ideas (many of which had no measurements because folks have been cooking them for their whole lives!) and BFR consolidated it and created a recipe book. It is a diverse and vibrant cookbook that includes culturally appropriate recipes that encourage cooking and experimentation with unfamiliar produce. Our goal is to gift this book to many recipients across our 20 different No-Cost Grocery Program sites.

Your gift goes directly to supporting BFR's no-cost grocery programs.

For every $1 that you give, BFR distributes $18 worth of produce to families and individuals who have a hard time accessing food.

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