Mission: Influence policy to increase equitable access to healthy, local and affordable food and support a sustainable community food system.
Vision: Jefferson County is a food secure community with healthy food access for all residents, a vibrant and equitable farming infrastructure, a healthy ecosystem and a thriving local food economy.
The Jefferson County Food Policy Council held its first meeting in the fall of 2015, with concerns about the limited use of the SNAP (food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) programs, and rising child obesity numbers in Jefferson County. The Council is facilitated by Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), and membership includes farmers, non-profit organizations, health care staff, community residents, researchers and local municipalities.
SNAP at Jeffco Farmers Markets
Double Up Food Bucks Colorado allows SNAP shoppers to bring home more fresh fruits and vegetables. When customers spend a $1 on any SNAP eligible item (meat, bread, eggs, milk, etc.), they receive $1 for Colorado grown, fresh fruits and vegetables. It is a $1:$1 match so if you spend $5, you get $5. If you spend $10, you get $10, up to $20 every time you visit one of our participating locations.
Urban farming is an important strategy for addressing food insecurity and healthy nutrition by providing Jeffco residents with a reliable source of healthy and affordable foods. In addition to the impact on food insecurity, urban farming adds value to the local economy, provides opportunities for community involvement and helps create a sustainable urban ecological system. There are currently over 50 urban farms in Jefferson County.
How We Are Moving Forward
Assessing local food systems, policies, programs and networks using a variety of processes and methodologies to identify gaps and areas for potential change
Developing a multi-year plan to address policies and programs to increase access to nutritious food. This plan could address a myriad of policy or program intervention
Providing capacity building, technical assistance and a professional forum to share updates, best practices and lessons learned
Where We Are Now
79.7 percent of children aged 1-14 years in Jeffco ate vegetables at least one time per day, and 89.3 percent ate fruits at least one time per day (2014-2016 Colorado Child Health Survey).
26 percent of Colorado families often/sometimes relied on low-cost food to feed their children (2016 Colorado Child Health Survey).
$31,590 is the maximum gross annual income for a family of four to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2017 (Source: Colorado Department of Human Services).
JCPH secured a three-year grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Chronic Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) grant program to develop food resources in communities. The grant is led by the Denver Department of Health and the Environment and also includes Tri-County Health Department.