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The Community Market

We believe the well-being of one is linked to the well-being of all.

The Community Market

The Community Market helps makes sure that sure that no family in our community has to choose between paying bills or putting food on the table.

Here in Eagle County, more than 8,700 residents deal with food insecurity. The Community Market (TCM) provides access to free, nutrient-rich food throughout the County with markets featuring a variety of fresh produce, meat, dairy and bread as well as shelf-stable grocery items, all available for each customer’s own choosing.

The Community Market also works to prevent food from going to waste.

The Community Market does grocery rescue and food distribution to the Mobile Intercultural Resource Alliance (MIRA), Colorado Mountain College, Family Learning Center, Edwards Early Center, and neighborhoods throughout the community.

The Community Market – Gypsum

A warehouse in Gypsum at 760 Lindbergh Drive – #7  serves as the central operations hub for the program.
View in Google Maps >

We are open for customer shopping in Gypsum:
Monday: 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm
Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 1pm 

The Community Market – Edwards

Customers may also shop at our storefront space located in Edwards in the Vail Health Edwards Community Health Campus at 429 Edwards Access Road – Suite A202 . View in Google maps >

We are open for customer shopping in Edwards:
Tuesday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Thursday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturday: 10am – 1pm 

The Community Market – Mobile Markets

We continue to bring our pop-up mobile markets to under resourced communities:

Wednesday:
Avon: 4:30pm – 6pm
Eagle Bend (1st/3rd weeks)
10 Stonebridge Drive
Avon, CO

Riverview (2nd/4th weeks)
39169 US-6
Avon, CO

Thursday:
Dotsero: 4:30pm – 6pm
Two Rivers
80 Lake Shore Drive
Dotsero, CO

  • “People feel comfortable coming to The Community Market. No barriers, no presumptions. Shop for what your family needs. Here, nobody is ashamed. It’s a real market and there is dignity in shopping here.”— Beth Simon, volunteer and donor

  • “Fresh food is not a privilege, it’s a right. The Community Market purchases and finds resources to get healthy food, and also rescues food. We are helping our community in providing that quality food and decreasing the amount of impact we are putting on our earth by finding alternative ways to recycle food, not just recycling it into the compost bins but to helping our community to get free, nutritious groceries.” – Erin Baumann, 2022 Volunteer of the Year

  • “Eagle Valley Community Foundation offers a wonderful umbrella of opportunity through each one of its programs. The Community Market and MIRA with their focus on nutrition, health and wellness, help to equalize the community. I saw a need; the real need in this community, and I wanted to be part of the solution.” — Margo Andrews, The Community Market 2021 Volunteer of the Year

Three pillars guide our work at The Community Market:

Healthy
People

We are committed to providing a dignified experience for families. We promote a healthy diet and help to improve the overall health of community residents as we work to eliminate any stigma around food access and food security.

Strong
Community

By reaching out to local community leaders, businesses, civic groups and stakeholders, we are able to be responsive to community needs as they emerge. This outreach allows us to focus on distributing to other community partners and delivering food directly to neighborhoods.

Environmental
Sustainability

We help to reduce our community carbon footprint and support environmental sustainability by reducing food waste and recovering excess fresh food from local grocers and farmers. First, we feed people, next we feed animals as farmers pick up food scraps at The Community Markets, and finally, we compost, converting food waste into nutrient rich soil.

Our Partners

We are committed to nourishing the lives of those in need throughout Eagle County. Along with neighborhood community centers and mobile home parks throughout the county, local & regional farmers and growers, and several grocers, restaurants, and community non-profit groups, these community partnerships make that possible.

See all of our Partners

We are thrilled to highlight our dynamic partnership with Eagle County Government, which extends to each of our programs. This collaboration is driven by our mutual commitment to addressing pressing community issues.

Funding from the Eagle County Government has allowed the MIRA program to flourish, transforming an RV into a mobile resource center that brings essential resources, like WIC and the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, directly to underserved communities. We must also express our profound gratitude for Liduvina, our ECO bus driver and resource connector extraordinaire, who has become a cherished and crucial part of the program and our EVCF family.

Additionally, our partnership extends to the support of The Community Market, ensuring that fresh groceries are readily available to neighbors in need. Most recently, donating 4H meat to our Markets.

Furthermore through a new grant program, they are proud to stand behind and support our Elevar leadership development program, which empowers individuals in our community to reach their full potential.

Eagle County Government's commitment and compassion in serving the community have been invaluable to the success of EVCF. Together, through this unique partnership, we are making a significant and lasting impact on the lives of those we serve!
Meet Elvia, a resilient and compassionate member of our community. A local resident, Elvia's daily routine reflects her unwavering dedication to her family and her commitment to giving back. 

At 5 am, Elvia begins her housekeeping job, tirelessly working to make ends meet for her family. Her work ethic and determination are truly commendable. Yet, her day doesn't end there. After her shift, she selflessly travels to The Community Market in Edwards to volunteer her precious free time. There, she assists in preparing the market for the influx of customers, a task she carries out with a warm smile, knowing firsthand what it's like to patiently wait in line as a customer herself.

Elvia's journey with The Community Market began when she faced a challenging period in her life. After breaking her wrist, she found herself burdened with mounting hospital bills and the relentless pressure of daily living expenses. It was then that Elvia turned to The Community Market for support. In this trying time, The Community Market has been a lifeline for her family, ensuring they have access to the food they need to thrive.

Gratitude runs deep in Elvia's heart. She is profoundly thankful for the unwavering support of the Eagle Valley Community Foundation through The Community Market. In her heart, she feels an undeniable call to volunteer and give back to the very community that has provided her family with essential assistance during their times of need. Elvia's story is a testament to the strength of community bonds, the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of reciprocal support within our local neighborhoods.
This month at Eagle Valley Community Foundation, we're especially thrilled to join the nationwide observance of Hunger Action Month and celebrate the richness of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we reaffirm our commitment to addressing the pressing issue of food insecurity while honoring the diverse cultures and contributions of the Hispanic community through our program, The Community Market. 

The Latino and Hispanic community plays a critical role in the food system of the U.S. According to a National Agricultural Survey, around 83% of farm workers are Hispanic. Latino people also make up around a quarter of restaurant workers and are heavily involved in roles throughout the supply chain. It is safe to say that our food system as we know it would not be the same without the contributions of this community.

Sadly, despite their huge contributions to the food system, Latinos are more likely to be food insecure and to live in frontline communities that experience the effects of pollution and environmental degradation firsthand. That experience, along with deeply held cultural practices of not wasting resources means being green comes naturally to many Latinos. This applies to the food waste movement as well, with many influential and impactful initiatives coming from the community.

Join us in honoring his hard work by considering your role in the food system and joining us in the solution at The Community Market!
👋Going grocery shopping at City Market TODAY⁉️⁉️⁉️

Food Bank of the Rockies has graciously arranged for EVCF's food pantry 🍎The Community Market🍎 to be at City Market locations in Eagle, Avon and Vail TODAY from 9am-3pm, collecting donations to help feed locals experiencing food insecurity.

🙏Please consider donating food items and household supplies to help those families in need in our valley. 

🧡ACTION🧡 for Hunger Action Month

#takeaction #HungerActionMonth #endhunger #citymarket #foodbankoftherockies
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