The fund will support nonprofit organizations including pantries, faith-based organizations and emergency food providers.

DENVER – The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) announced the establishment of an emergency food aid fund on Thursday.

Funding from the CARES federal law will help nonprofits distributing to the elderly, people with disabilities, people with underlying health conditions, and families or households with a member who tests positive for COVID-19.

Applications for grants will be available from July 2nd and are expected to close on July 15th, according to DDPHE.

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DDPHE said the grants will go to organizations in low-income and low-income areas of high food insecurity, including Elyria-Swansea, Globeville, Northeast Park Hill, East Colfax, West Colfax, Montbello, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, Westwood, College View South, Lincoln Park, Barnum, Athmar Park and Goldsmith.

“Emergency food and pantry suppliers have seen double to ten-fold demand,” DDPHE said in a statement.

DDPHE also said the percentage of the city and county population facing food insecurity has risen over 11% and is estimated to be around 25% of the urban population.

“The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the already profound need for access to healthy food in Denver. DDPHE is committed to supporting the basic needs of our vulnerable communities through this Rapid Response Grant Fund as well as through our ongoing Denver Food Vision implementation programs, ”said Bob McDonald, executive director of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment.

> Click here for more information on how to apply for a grant.

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