The Community Market
Barrier-Free Access to FREE Healthy Food in the Eagle Valley of Colorado
Eagle Valley Community Foundation addresses issues around food insecurity, food waste and sustainability in our community through The Community Market (TCM). TCM provides access to free, nutrient-rich food throughout Eagle County. Established in 2018 as a scalable food security system that responds to immediate and long-term food insecurity needs, all customers are afforded barrier-free access to groceries of their own choosing. Our markets feature a variety of fresh produce, dairy and bread as well as shelf-stable grocery items. We are a force for change in our community, based on the three critical pillars of healthy people, strong communities and environmental sustainability.
The Community Market – Gypsum
A warehouse in Gypsum at 760 Lindbergh Drive – #7 serves as the central operations hub for the program.
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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:
Eagle: 4:30pm – 6pm
Eagle Methodist Church
333 E 2nd Street
Avon: 4:30pm – 6pm
Eagle Bend (1st/3rd weeks)
10 Stonebridge Drive
Riverview (2nd/4th weeks)
Dotsero: 4:30pm – 6pm
80 Lake Shore Drive
Nearly 16% of Eagle River Valley residents live in food insecure households.
Meanwhile, up to 40% of the food produced in the United States goes to waste.
At The Community Market, we believe in healthy people, strong communities and environmental sustainability.
We believe that everyone should have access to healthy food.
TCM is committed to providing a dignified customer experience, promoting a healthy diet, and ultimately, helping to improve the overall health and environment of community residents. We currently serve over 2,750 customers per week. 40% of the food we distribute is fresh produce. 16,000 lbs of nutritious food is distributed monthly throughout the Eagle River Valley at multiple community locations. We provide food at both our Gypsum and Edwards locations. We also continue to bring healthy food directly to under-served communities across the Eagle River Valley in the form of pop-up “Mobile Markets”. Anyone can come shop for free at our markets. TCM is committed to providing a dignified customer experience, promoting a healthy diet, and ultimately, helping to improve the overall health and environment of community residents.
“If there were more places like this, then the world would be a much better place. Very kind staff, very generous offerings, lots of fresh produce, organic options, and even freezer food. The Community Market is doing a great job uplifting the Eagle Community and beyond. Thank you all.” — F.N.
Approximately 40% of the food that we distribute is fresh produce.
We believe we are stronger when we work together.
The Community Market partners with Food Bank of the Rockies, Eagle County government, Vail Health, Vail Resorts and a number of community nonprofit groups and other entities in seeking to build a healthy and strong community. Together with local grocers and restaurants, we are able to help feed Eagle County residents struggling to put food on the table. We do so in a participatory, community-centric environment that allows customers more autonomy in the food they receive. Moreover, our local sourcing program is designed to bring fresh, healthy food into our community while also supporting Colorado farmers and growers while strengthening our local food system.
We believe reducing food waste plays a crucial role in protecting our environment.
Hunger and food waste are two problems that can have one solution. Recovering excess available food from local grocers and restaurants and sourcing produce ‘seconds’ from farmers, we provide access to food insecure individuals and families throughout Eagle County, while reducing food waste and the environmental impact of food waste in landfills. Through recycling and composting efforts, we keep more than 5,000 lbs of food materials out of landfills each month. In 2021, 576,000 pounds of food was rescued and redistributed to people throughout our community. We have partnerships with local farmers who feed the food that can no longer be eaten by humans to their livestock and 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. The program is aimed at removing any stigma around food access and food security, while educating customers about sustainable food systems and environmental sustainability.
The Community Market was awarded its 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. Learn More
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.
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. And every year since then, EVCF has stepped in to eliminate school lunch debt for students. In 2022 alone, 779 local students benefited from EVCF support to pay off almost $13,000 in school lunch debt.
Student cafeteria debt repayment was funded by the Founding Families of EVCF.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
If you’re interested in making more possible in the Eagle River Valley contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-855-2386