Fountain residents discuss food access
Last updated 9/29/2021 at 10:46am | View PDF
About a dozen local residents gathered under the H. Kay Larson memorial gazebo at Metcalfe Park on Sept. 23 for a community discussion about food access in Fountain, primarily focusing on the older downtown area and to the south. Many have referred to this region of Fountain as a "food desert" where access to affordable, healthy food options is at a minimum.
Max Kronstadt, Region 6 Community Organizer with The Colorado Trust, who organized the event, shared that the night before he had an online meeting that was attended by only one person – Fountain City Councilmember Sharon Thompson. He had also conducted an online survey and collected feedback at the City of Fountain's recent "Community Night Out" at Metcalfe Park about a week ago.
After Thursday's meeting he said, "I enjoyed getting to hear (those who attended) perspectives on food access challenges in Downtown Fountain and hope that we continue to work together to make real progress on the issue."
The group reviewed results of survey data that included feedback on survey questions as follows:
Where do you get your food? Answers included: Walmart, Safeway, Commissary, Costco, King Soopers, Trader Joe's, Butcher Box, Dollar General (no fresh options), Family Dollar, Farmer's Market, God's Pantry, Natural Grocers, Sprouts.
How do you get there? By car, delivery and walking.
What additional food options does Fountain need? Another grocery store; King Soopers; food bank with expanded hours; more fresh and healthy options; local sit-down restaurants; Sprouts; Aldi; community garden; Costco; farmer's market; Latino foods; Lagree's; Natural Grocers, Sam's Club; Albertsons; Dollar Stores; Farm-to-table;Target; Trader Joe's; SNAP/EBT options; and additional store ideas.
After discussing the needs, the group, which included Fountain City Manager Scott Trainor, came up with the following action plans:
Partner with the city to create incentives for grocers
Meet with small market grocers to find out what would make them want to expand to a given community
Ask dollar stores to shift what they carry towards more fresh, healthy options - work to demonstrate community support for those changes
Research vacant properties
Building community support for a grocery store in Downtown Fountain
For additional information you can contact Max at [email protected] or 240-421-7865.