The Community Market
Reducing hunger in the Eagle River Valley of Colorado
The Community Market is a partnership of Eagle Valley Community Foundation, Food Bank of the Rockies, Eagle County government, Vail Resorts, a number of community non profit groups and other entities that provide local food assistance.
A warehouse at 760 Lindbergh Drive in Gypsum is the central operations hub for the program. But the program also brings food directly to communities across the Eagle River Valley in the form of pop-up markets. Our markets feature a variety of fresh produce, dairy and bread as well as shelf-stable grocery items.
EVCF established The Community Market, formerly the Eagle River Valley Food Bank, in May of 2018 as a scalable food security system that has the capacity to respond to immediate and long-term food insecurity needs.
At The Community Market, we believe in healthy people, strong communities and environmental sustainability.
We believe that everyone should have access to healthy, good quality food. Approximately 40% of the food that we distribute is fresh produce. We feed an average of 800 individuals in our community every week. We are excited to announce the start of our local sourcing program, designed to bring fresh, healthy food into our community while also supporting Colorado farmers and strengthening our local food system.
Approximately 40% of the food that we distribute is fresh produce.
We partner with under-served communities in the valley to host markets in locations that are convenient and easily accessible. Anyone can come shop for free at our markets. No hoops to jump through – just good food and community bonding.
Our customers can also come directly to our warehouse located at 760 Lindbergh Drive in Gypsum, unit #7.
We are open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Food waste is a significant problem for the environment. When food is wasted, so, too, are all of the resources that went into producing, processing, and transporting that food. Food waste is also bad news for the environment when it ends up in landfills where it emits methane – a powerful greenhouse gas and driver of climate change.
The Community Market is working to address food waste through food recovery: the collection of still edible, good quality food that would otherwise be wasted. This recovered food is then distributed to food insecure communities throughout the Eagle River Valley.
We have partnerships with local farmers who feed the food that can no longer be eaten by humans to their animals. We then compost any other food that is left and that can’t be eaten by animals, contributing to healthier soils in Eagle County!
In 2018, The Community Market was awarded the Climate Impact Award by Walking Mountains Science Center’s Actively Green Sustainable Business Training and Eco-Certification program. In 2019, The Community Market was awarded an Actively Green Certification! Actively Green Sustainable Business Training and Certification program helps make sustainability actionable in day-to-day practices for businesses, groups and individuals.
The Community Market is the core service within a broader set of food-related services managed by Eagle Valley Community Foundation.
The food security initiatives undertaken by EVCF are funded primarily by Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elana Amsterdam, and a local family that wishes to remain anonymous. Substantial in-kind donation of food has been donated by Mitch Karlin, of Karlin Foods. Additional financial support has been provided by other generous unrestricted gifts to EVCF, and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
If you have lived in Eagle County for a lifetime, or have picked this beautiful mountain community to call home, people demonstrate their value through giving of their time to enhance our community’s quality of life. Volunteering is a way of life in Eagle County. If you are interested in volunteering, we can connect you.
WE NEED YOU
The first step is to let us know of your interest, and then we’ll get started. We encourage your involvement and look forward to working with you. Call or email the Foundation to discuss volunteer opportunities.
Eliminating School Lunch Debt
Around the country, school systems routinely stamp the hands of children who are unable to pay for a lunch they have received from their school cafeteria – a humiliation to children and their families. When EVCF learned of this, the organization immediately paid off about $4,000 in student debt owed by nearly 400 local families. We will continue to address this issue in 2018.