Residents to discuss food access in Fountain
Last updated 11/10/2021 at 12:06pm
As a follow-up to community meetings on food access held in September and October, a team of Fountain residents, in collaboration with the Colorado Trust, are hosting a meeting to plan action steps that citizens can take to expand food access in the Downtown Fountain area. The meeting will be held at the By Grace Community Center (737 Dale St.) from 6-7:30 pm on Monday, Nov. 15. Dinner and childcare will be provided.
After more than 150 survey responses and two community meetings, the focus of the effort to expand food access has narrowed in on trying to bring an affordable grocery store to Downtown Fountain. Some of the action steps brainstormed at the first two community meetings, which will be discussed in-depth at the meeting Monday, include: demonstrate community support for a grocery store to Fountain city government, research vacant properties that could be used for a store, reach out to local/regional grocers about coming to Fountain, and brainstorm incentives Fountain city government could offer a grocer interested in coming to the community.
The Colorado Trust has been working in Fountain since 2017 and has consistently heard that food access in the Downtown area is one of the most important issues in the community. Feedback at recent community meetings and numerous comment threads in Fountain Facebook groups have confirmed that this continues to be an important issue to people, particularly in the Downtown area.
For more information about the upcoming meeting or how to get involved in this effort, you can reach out to Max Kronstadt at [email protected] or (240) 421-7865.