At Metro Caring, we're meeting people's immediate food needs while sustainably addressing the root cause of hunger: poverty. We provide nutritious groceries to our hungry neighbors, and also offer comprehensive, wrap-around anti-hunger programming so that families can break the cycle of poverty.
Metro Caring is a welcoming, dignified, health-focused organization, open to everyone in the Denver metro area. Inside our facility, our staff and volunteers provide a respectful and equitable experience to anyone who walks through our doors.
Read on to learn about all of the ways we have a positive impact on our community.
Our Fresh-Foods Market is at the heart of Metro Caring's services. In this free grocery store, shoppers can choose from an array of nutritious foods based on their dietary needs and preferences, and leave with a week's supply of groceries, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and lean protein.
By operating our Fresh-Foods Market on a free, choice model, we provide the utmost dignity while saving shoppers, on average, $250 per month in grocery costs.
In addition to providing families who face food insecurity and diet-related health problems with free, nutritious food for a week, Metro Caring offers complementary cooking and nutrition programs. Through education, we give individuals the tools and confidence to prepare healthier recipes at home, leading to long-term health benefits and lowered healthcare costs.
Our nutrition programs include:
Cooking classes in English
Cooking classes in Spanish
Cultural cooking clubs
Kidz in the Kitchen family cooking camp
While it is essential to address people's immediate food needs, we understand that long-term food insecurity cannot be solved by short-term hunger relief. For sustainable results, we must target hunger at its root: poverty.
In this vein, we offer a menu of services to help individuals thrive:
Job-Readiness: Launched in 2016, Metro Caring's job-readiness program Seeds for Success has already trained almost 100 individuals and placed 82% of graduates in jobs, earning well above Colorado's minimum wage.
ID Assistance: The importance of having an ID is often overlooked. In fact, an ID is crucial to obtaining employment, housing, and healthcare, among other services. As Colorado's lead ID-assistance agency, Metro Caring distributed more than 20,000 ID vouchers last year, for driver's licenses, government IDs, and birth certificates.
Financial Literacy & Utilities Assistance: Many people who visit Metro Caring for services are working, sometime more than one job, but just can't meet their basic needs. Metro Caring offers to help individuals with up to $1,000 in utility bills, in exchange for a commitment to attend a comprehensive financial-literacy class.
SNAP Enrollment: Participants meet one-on-one with a trained volunteer to apply for SNAP benefits through the Colorado PEAK website. Participants who complete their appointment receive a voucher for an extra trip to Metro Caring’s Fresh Foods Market.
Metro Caring has surfaced as the foremost organization in Denver taking on the challenges of food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty. We have become a model for not only addressing people's immediate need for nutritious food, but also preventing future hunger, through comprehensive, wrap-around programming and education. For those interested in learning from – and potentially replicating – our practices, we have produced a toolkit highlighting some lessons we have learned along the way.
To learn more about this toolkit, contact us at [email protected].