Community Access and Engagement Workgroup 2 & 3

The Blueprint calls out specific needs to increase community access to affordable, nutritious foods as well as better community-driven solutions to food insecurity through Goals 2 and 3. The work group for these goals will focus on strategies to improve this community access and enhance and engage community-driven solutions.


June 26, 2019 Meeting Summary

Workgroup 2/3 convened with several major items on the agenda. The group began with consideration of how to reword the goals of the workgroup. A consensus was reached around the following wording, and it was proposed that these be advanced to the Governing Council for consideration:

  • Goal 2. Access to a diverse mix of food vendors and retailers that consistently provide affordable, nutritious foods. (purchasing)

  • Goal 3. Ensure that all Coloradans have consistent availability of nutrious foods through community food resources. (non-purchasing)

The workgroup moved on to considering whether these 2 goals should be pursued in one group, or if the workgroup should divide. A decision was made to divide the workgroup, but that they should come together on a quarterly basis to keep each other updated on the work they were pursuing. The workgroups will meet concurrently next month and come together for the end of the session.

Erin extended an invitation to workgroup members to consider joining her on one or more site visits she hopes to plan around the state in the next 2-3 months.


May 29, 2019 Meeting Summary

Workgroup members began with a presentation from LiveWell Colorado on a healthy food retail brief being put out by the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council (COFSAC). Discussion then moved on to a review of the draft by-laws created by Megan Bradley. Discussion focused on representation and voting rights within the workgroup but no consensus was reached.

The remainder of the meeting centered around strategy prioritization. Three goals were presented by Co-chair Donna Garnett:

  • Ensure that all Coloradans can easily access affordable, healthy and nutritious food in every neighborhood and community throughout the state.

  • Ensure that all Coloradans can access food assistance and nutritious food when needed through community-based programs

  • Ensure that information regarding community-based food assistance and food programs is easily accessible to and informed by consumers and community stakeholders.

The workgroup broke into 4 subgroups to discuss these goals, determine what, if anything, was missing, what resources might be needed to address these goals, and what first steps we could take. It was agreed these subgroups would meet again before next month’s meeting and that the next meeting should focus on next steps, and workgroup priorities.


April 22, 2019 Meeting Summary

Workgroup 2&3 elected to move forward with a co-chair structure. The workgroup will be led by Shyretta Hudnall and Donna Garnett by unanimous vote. Action items for moving forward with workgroup efforts include:

  • The workgroup will go through a norming process to decide on terms, membership, proxy, the size of the workgroup, community engagement, meeting times, and other items.

  • Co-Chairs will work on a workplan within 7-10 days that the rest of the workgroup can react to. Other workgroup members are welcome to help.

A full list of work group meeting notes, as well as all documents shared in the meeting, are available below:


March 27, 2019 Meeting Summary

Workgroup 2&3 began efforts to select workgroup leadership. Additionally, the workgroup received presentations to help inform their work and prioritization. Presentations included:

  • Metro Caring Presentation: The presentation included information about Metro Caring’s “with not for” approach to serving the community including their efforts around a fresh food market as well as other needed supports and educational opportunities lead by and defined by community members.

  • Hunger Free Colorado’s Food Pantry Network: The presentation included background on the founding of the food pantry network including support for improving food pantry service across the state, support for food pantry leadership and ability to advocate effectively for policy and budget changes that help food pantries.

A full list of work group meeting notes, as well as all documents shared in the meeting, are available below:


Feb. 27, 2019, Meeting Summary

Workgroup 2&3 got updates on workgroup activity as well as Governing Council work. Additionally, the workgroup received presentations to help information their work and prioritization. Presentations included:

  • An overview of Feeding Colorado food bank network

  • A look at the Food Access and Security priority area of the Colorado Health Foundation

  • A presentation on LiveWell Colorado’s efforts on building sustainable, equitable and health-promoting food environments

  • An understanding of how the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) works

A full list of work group meeting notes, as well as all documents shared in the meeting, are below:


Jan. 30, Meeting Summary

Workgroup 2&3 continued its work on prioritized strategies from their initial meeting. Those prioritized strategies include build upon successful, statewide delivery systems to increase the amount of and access to nutritious, fresh foods in all communities, promoting community- and consumer-driven models that effectively connect people with nutritious food resources and integrates their leadership into policy and systems improvements and strengthening the capacity and efficiency of local food banks and food pantries to reach underserved Coloradans through additional funding and purchasing power.

Workgroup members broke up into small groups to identify whether they would support top priorities of strengthening existing systems or would prefer to focus on identifying gaps. Key take-aways from the conversation include the idea of investing in ready projects at both the community level and at the systems level leading to a likely identification of additional gaps as well. The group identified an ongoing need to include more individuals with lived experience.


Dec. 7, 2018 Kickoff Meeting Summary

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger Work Group 2&3 launched its work in support of Blueprint goals “increasing the number of Coloradans who can access affordable, nutritious food in their communities” and “increasing the number of Coloradans who can access food assistance and nutritious food through community-based organizations”. Initial work group efforts centered around establishing meeting and group norms as well as initial prioritization of strategies to support the group goal. A full list of work group meeting notes, as well as all documents shared in the meeting, are available on the Blueprint website archived under the Governance and Work Groups tab. The work group will determine group governance at its next meeting.

During the meeting, work group members were updated on early Blueprint successes including the increase of the SNAP enrollment threshold from 130 percent of FPL to 200 percent of FPL. Group members then prioritized the key strategies outlined in the Blueprint for their work going forward as well as began to work through tactics that would underpin those strategies.

Initial prioritization for group work includes the following strategies:

  • Build upon successful, statewide delivery systems to increase the amount of and access to nutritious, fresh foods in all communities

  • Promote community- and consumer-driven models that effectively connect people with nutritious food resources and integrates their leadership into policy and systems improvements

  • Strengthen the capacity and efficiency of local food banks and food pantries to reach underserved Coloradans through additional funding and purchasing power

Next steps will include work group members establishing a dedicated time and date for group meetings in 2019.