The Adams County Food Security and Basic Essentials Response and Recovery Team is working to meet the needs of residents with food essentials and basic needs during the COVID-19 crisis, including policy, resource, and system shifts that may be needed and to provide an avenue for clear, concise information and aid in real-time.
Food Security and Basic Essentials Response & Recovery Team Membership and Roles
|Commissioner Chaz Tedesco||Katie Griego|
This Response & Recovery Team is championed by Adams County District 2 Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco who is responsible for removing barriers, ensuring resources are available, and aligning policy to improve the strategic area. The Response & Recovery Team is chaired by Adams County Human Services Director Katie Griego, who is responsible for managing the effort and supporting the core team and larger Response & Recovery Team to move the work forward. The Response & Recovery core team determines data baseline and provides support with high-level strategy. Learn more about the Food Security and Basic Essentials Response & Recovery Team.
Food Security and Basic Essentials Response & Recovery Team Targets
- A baseline is currently in development.
- #1: Access to online grocery shopping and delivery for SNAP Users
- #2: Support Food Security for Vulnerable Populations Through Community Hubs
- #3: Secure transportation/delivery support for food and basic essentials providers
- #4: Lift the needs that food and basic essential providers are identifying in real time for PPE, supplies, and resources to entities facilitating the collection and distribution of these resources and supplies
- #5: Lift the needs that food and basic essential providers are identifying in real time for volunteers to entities facilitating the coordination of volunteers
Food Security and Basic Essentials Response & Recovery Team Subcommittees
Subcommittees are currently in development.
Food Security and Basic Essentials Response & Recovery Team Big Wins
- A comprehensive resource flier, developed by Hunger Free Colorado, was distributed to interested school districts to include in their meal bags.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a request from Colorado and a dozen states to allow online purchases using federal food assistance. (Impact in Adams County as of 6.10.2020: 1,281 online food purchases amounting to $108,141: 44 online cash purchases amounting to $1432.86).
- Transportation and delivery support has been secured for three local food providers, thanks to American Furniture Warehouse and the Colorado Motor Carriers Association.
- $200,000 has been aligned to support sustaining meal service for families within three community food hubs from May 1 through June 30 (Estimated Impact: over 900,000 meals in South Westminster, Federal Heights, and Commerce City).
- With resource alignment support through the Food Security team, Adams 12 Five Star Schools hit their 500,000th meal served, and all 10 of their mobile food distribution sites are up and running.
- Organizational and community-wide practices and paradigms have shifted to lift up collective work and alignment to meet the needs of populations who experience the largest gaps in access to food and basic essentials.
Join This Effort
Participate in weekly Response & Recovery Team meetings recurring date TBD via Zoom. For more information about the Response & Recovery Team, please contact Karla Ojeda.