March 17, 2021
Community Connections
Food Coalition Food Distribution
March one year ago the Food Coalition began its efforts to provide emergency food to the food pantries of Archuleta County to meet a doubling of the demand they were experiencing. Efforts were directed at identifying sources of grant funding and submitting applications and were quite successful. Funds were received and used to purchase food from local and regional growers and ranchers, local bakers, local grocery outlets, and a regional food bank. As purchases grew in quantity it became clear that the space available at the food pantries was inadequate. Orders were for pallets of canned goods, hundreds of pounds of frozen beef, 50-pound bags of potatoes, rice, onions, carrots, crates of apples, etc.

A need for a larger area was shaping up where food could be safely stored, easily identified, and staged for distribution. By the beginning of summer 2020, the need for space became alarmingly clear and Michelle Huck (member of the Food Coalition Executive Committee) who also coordinates the Food Pantry Network swung into action. She located an appropriate site, begged, borrowed, or bought shelving and cold storage to get the process moving forward. The Food Coalition used grant funding to support the operation of the distribution center and procurement of food on an ongoing basis. The distribution center has become a source of food for the six individual food pantry coordinators with a weekly destination where they can see what is available, request what they need, load up, and be off. Below, please see invite to the Community Conversation to hear Michelle share our story.
Community Conversation

Please join us for our remote Food Coalition Community Conversation, where we will discuss Food Distribution for Archuleta County Food Efforts.

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Mountain Time

Join the Food Coalition and Michelle Huck to learn more about the operation of the Coalition Food Distribution Center.

Call in Number: 1-669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 844 3128 3863
Food Coalition in Action
Heritage Cooking Classes
The Heritage Cooking Class started this past week with eight families learning how to make Fish Fillets Veracruzana. The program will run for the next two Saturdays with new menus each week. Check out our Facebook page to see the upcoming Facebook Live sessions featuring these awesome classes with Blanca and Lauri!
The Snack in a Backpack program is in its final stages of planning. In partnership with the Archuleta School District we are set to roll out this community initiated project for three weeks in April. The sacks of snacks offer nutritious foods to support children's health and wellbeing. You can learn more about this project on our website.
Calling All Volunteers
Do you have a passion for giving back? Does any of our work get you excited and you're wondering how you can get involved in contributing to an equitable food system right here in Archuleta County? If you're interested in volunteering with the Archuleta Food System|Food Equity Coalition we have multiple opportunities to collaborate on a variety of activities like the mobile pantry pilot project and the upcoming growing season coordination efforts. Please call us directly at 401-371-3227 or send an email to [email protected]
Upcoming Events
TARA Food Pantry - New Hours
The TARA Food Pantry will reopen to families for indoor food selection as of March 27. The pantry will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to Noon. The pantry is located in the Lower Level of the TARA Community Center at 333 Milton Lane in Arboles. Please pass the word!
Your contribution to an equitable community-based food system makes a world of difference
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