Metro Caring's largest program, Healthful Foods Access, ensures that hungry families and individuals have nutritious food to meet their immediate need and avoid hunger in the short term while they work toward self-reliance.
The Dignified Approach to Food
Instead of receiving a pre-packed or standard bag of groceries, families and individuals shop for free at the Metro Caring Fresh-Foods Market. A "choice" model gives participants control over their food selection, allows for cultural and dietary preferences, and reduces waste. Volunteer Market Assistants offer samples of different nutritious foods that people may be unfamiliar with, and provide personal assistance when needed.
The Most Nutritious Food
72% of the nutritious food distributed by Metro Caring is fresh – sourced from local grocery stores, farmers, and community gardens. Additionally, Metro Caring ensures that food distributed is nutritionally balanced to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines with the help of dietitians from the Department of Nutrition at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
The Highest Quality Food
96 billion tons of food are wasted each year in the United States. Metro Caring’s fresh grocery rescue program partners with stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Denver International Airport that employ the highest standards for food quality in the industry. These guidelines are upheld by Metro Caring in handling perishable groceries, ensuring they are the freshest they can be. Always.
The Greatest Quantity of Food
This year, Metro Caring will receive and redistribute over 2.3 million pounds of food - a majority of which would have gone needlessly to waste otherwise. Each family that visits can expect to receive more than a week's worth of food for each household member.
The Safest Food
Metro Caring's Food Access Team is ServSafe certified and adheres to these guidelines when handling food and training others in the sorting process. Because the organization serves Denver’s most vulnerable populations – pregnant mothers, children, seniors, and the immune-compromised – proper food handling is a priority. All donated food is received, stored, and distributed in accordance with The National Restaurant Association’s guidelines.