Alamosa, CO.– The primary 12 months of the Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP) Farm to Pantry venture was very profitable, because of the beneficiant assist of the Colorado Well being Basis and the Colorado Blueprint to Finish Starvation’s COVID-19 Emergency Starvation Aid Fund. Our collaborative venture supplied recent and native produce for free of charge to 4 meals pantries in Alamosa: the San Luis Valley Meals Financial institution Community, the San Luis Valley Boys and Women Membership, the Adams State Meals Pantry and the San Luis Centrar Valley Immigrant Useful resource.
Though the inspiration for this venture originated lengthy earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, the beginning of this partnership was very well timed as all program companions noticed a rise in the necessity to present meals to their clients. “Many of the shoppers served by the San Luis Valley Immigrant Useful resource Middle are unable to buy recent produce on a weekly foundation because of finances constraints; subsequently, the immigrant households had been excited and grateful to have this chance, ”explains Flora Archuleta, Govt Director of the SLV Immigrant Useful resource Middle.
Funding from the Colorado Well being Basis and the Colorado Blueprint to Finish Starvation’s COVID-19 Emergency Starvation Aid Fund supplied collaborating farmers with stipends to develop these further merchandise and ship them to our 4 native companions.
Aaron Miltenberger, president of SLV’s Boys and Women Membership, highlights the worth of this direct reference to native farmers: “It’s invaluable to have a useful resource that may produce native meals and provides our members the chance to eat that meals that’s in any other case they might by no means experiment. Most significantly, this affiliation permits our younger individuals to see the work of growers and producers and perceive the honorable and sacred roots it has within the historical past and background of their household. “
Thanks to the Colorado Well being Basis for making this partnership attainable and to all of our pantry companions for working with us to develop this system. Thanks additionally to the Colorado Blueprint to Finish Starvation for filling the funding hole because of elevated demand associated to COVID. And an enormous thanks to the farmers at RGFP for rising recent native produce in abundance to produce our neighborhood.
The San Luis Valley Native Meals Coalition is at present looking for funding to proceed this venture into the winter by sourcing native and regional produce from the Valley Roots Meals Middle. RGFP will proceed these Farm to Pantry partnerships subsequent summer season through the second and closing 12 months of our present grant, in hopes of rising this venture past 2021.
# # # For extra data, name 719-937-2319 or ship an e mail [email protected]