Eating fresh food keeps people healthier.

It not only taste's better but it also contributes to a better quality diet

which, in the long run, can prevent people from getting sick with chronic diseases  

Christing Donal, RDN

Nutrition Program Manager

Garfield County Public Health

YOUR DONATIONS MAKE IT HAPPEN

  • Through grants and donations, LIFT-UP will make purchasing commitments to local (Roaring Fork valley) farms and ranchers as well as regionally for additional produce and dairy.
     

  • Farmers will have up-front commitments and funding to grow their crops.
     

  • Fall harvesting will be delivered to LIFT-UP through local distributors (Farm Runners and Skips) to the LIFT-UP Food Pantries.
     

  • LIFT-UP will distribute fresh produce, dairy and meat to their underserved clients in need.
     

  • Beyond the typical grocery rescue, this program will also allow for ordering foods in keeping with cultural diversity and seasonality, while also allowing for flexibility in accepting secondary market produce or adjustments should a crop not produce as expected due to natural disasters or other unforeseen situations.

HELP LIFT-UP
EXPAND OUR FARM TO FOOD PANTRY
HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAM

  • Supports our local economy through the pre-purchase of produce, dairy, beef and chicken products.
     

  • Supports our Farmers and Ranchers in plan ahead to meet the needs of the food insecure and maintain sustainable production.
     

  • Allows LIFT-UP to obtain dairy products through both local and Colorado-based dairy farms.
     

  • Provide healthier food options to our undeserved population in the Roaring Fork Valley. In addition LIFT-UP'S F2FP initiative supplements the traditional Food Pantry non-perishable food sources.

 

  • Potentially fewer negative health impacts from sourcing locally.  

  • Creates a system with a lower impact on our environment with less trucking in from outside Colorado resources

OUR LOCAL FARM & RANCH PARTNERS

  • Abundant TerrAced Earth

  • ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch

  • Dayspring Farm

  • Early Mountain Orchard

  • Erin’s Acres

  • Field to Fork Farm

  • Fritchman Orchards

  • Grays Acres

  • Green Junction

  • Highwater Farm Project

  • Juicy Acres

  • Mattics Orchards

  • Okagawa Farms

  • Osito Orchards

  • Potter Farms

  • Rockey Family Farms

  • The Farm Collaborative

  • T-Lazy-7 Ranch

  • Topp Fruits

  • Two Roots Farm

  • White Mountain Specialities

  • Wild Mountain Seeds

LOCAL FOODS

ARE FRESHER

Fruits and vegetables begin to lose nutrients as soon as they are picked. Buying local produce cuts down travel time from farm to table. Produce is not forced to ripen and so it maintains nutrients and tastes better.

LOCAL FOOD

PROMOTES FOOD

SAFETY

Less distance between your food’s source and your kitchen table leaves less of a chance of contamination.

LOCAL FOODS

ARE SEASONAL

It would be great to have fresh tomatoes and berries all year round, but eating seasonally means avoiding “artificial ripening” with gases or eating a bland version of a fruit or vegetable that’s been shipped thousands of miles. Eating seasonally results in the most delicious and nutrient-dense produce.

LOCAL FOOD

PROMOTES

VARIETY

Local foods create a greater variety of foods. Farmers who run CSA (community-supported agriculture) programs, sell at farmers markets, and provide food to local restaurants have the demand and the economic support for raising more types of produce and livestock.

LOCAL FOOD

IS BETTER FOR

THE ENVIRONMENT 

Some foods are shipped literally thousands of miles; that is a big carbon footprint that could be avoided by purchasing local and seasonal foods.

LOCAL FOOD

SUPPORT THE

LOCAL ECONOMY

Money spent locally stays local. Purchasing locally builds your local economy instead of handing over the earnings to a corporation in another city, state, or country. Also, since the food itself moves through less hands, more of the money you spend will end up in the pockets of those raising and growing those foods.

LOCAL FOOD

PRESERVES

FARMLAND

The environmental question of where your food comes from is bigger than its carbon footprint. Buying foods grown and raised closer to where you live helps maintain farmland and green space in your area.

LOCAL FOOD

STRENGTHENS

COMMUNITY

Ever find yourself spending much of your time at the farmers market chatting and socializing in addition to purchasing your produce? Getting to know your farmer, cheese purveyor, fishmonger, butcher, workers at your local co-op, etc., creates a sense of community. (Source: University of Washington)