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Policies


Here are the policy ideas and solutions we are working on to improve the sustainability, resiliency, and equity of Denver's Food System.

SFPC Policy Platform

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Policies


Here are the policy ideas and solutions we are working on to improve the sustainability, resiliency, and equity of Denver's Food System.

SFPC Policy Platform

We Shape policies that feed our city

In October 2010, the Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council (SFPC) was founded to advise the City on matters of food policy. Since 2010, we have advised the City on the following:

 

here are Our current policy areaS:

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Food Rescue at City Facilities


Expanding food rescue across the city.

Food Rescue at City Facilities


Expanding food rescue across the city.

policy overview

Nearly 1 in 6 families in Denver misses a meal because they cannot afford it, contributing to a total meal gap of 17 million meals per year. Rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted and redirecting that food to address hunger can help address a significant portion of this meal gap.

The purpose of this Policy Working Group is to explore opportunities for encouraging food rescue donations (or composting) from city facilities, including the Denver International Airport, Arts and Venues, Jail, and Recreation Centers, and city office buildings.


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CITY FOOD Purchasing Standard


Changing the way the city and other institutions purchase healthy, local food

CITY FOOD Purchasing Standard


Changing the way the city and other institutions purchase healthy, local food

policy overview

The City purchases $3 million of food per year and while over 30% of that food comes from Colorado food businesses, there may be other opportunities to improve the quality and value of these purchases in ways that are important to Denver.

The purpose of this Policy Working Group is to explore opportunities for adopting a standard   food quality framework, like the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), for city purchasing.


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Mobile Markets


Ensuring all residents in Denver have access to fresh food

Mobile Markets


Ensuring all residents in Denver have access to fresh food

Policy overview

Mobile markets may be an important way to increase healthy food access in neighborhoods without full service grocery stores and beyond. Regulations for mobile markets are unclear and fall somewhere between food trucks, mobile vending, and wholesale grocers.

The purpose of this Policy Working Group is to clarify the applicable regulations and licensing that allow for mobile markets in Denver today. This group may also suggest new permit types to encourage mobile markets


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Residential Composting


Expanding city composting.

Residential Composting


Expanding city composting.

policy overview

In 2016, only 20% of trash was diverted from the landfill compared to a rate of 34% nationally and 54% in Boulder. Additionally, only 10% of eligible households are enrolled in the city’s current residential composting programs. Food waste that ends up in landfills increases the cost of hauling, prematurely fills limited landfill space, and adds significant to greenhouse gas emissions.

The purpose of this Policy Working Group is to write a policy that sets incentives and funding around single family and multi-unit composting.  We will also explore options for expanding city composting to commercial and government. 




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Policy Ideas


Share your policy ideas with the SFPC.

Policy Ideas


Share your policy ideas with the SFPC.

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We'd love to hear your ideas on how to improve Denver's food system. Let us know what you think is needed to improve our local food system.