When Glenn Harper found what he thought was the perfect spot for the expansion of his food truck, an old grocery store, he actually had found the perfect way to give back to his longtime neighborhood of Sun Valley. Even while being in the heart of all of Denver’s booming development, the poverty rate in Sun Valley has historically been five times higher than the City of Denver as a whole, with 70 percent of residents living in poverty. Sun Valley is also without any access to fresh produce making it a food desert and Glenn was there to fill the void
So in 2013, Glenn established the Sun Valley Kitchen and Community Center, a non-profit committed to serving children and families with food and love. The center now offers educational and creative cooking, art and music classes, counseling and mentoring programs and in early 2018 a no-cost grocery program and a low-cost breakfast and lunch service. Most recently Sun Valley Grocery has partnered with Bondadosa and FoodMaven to provide local, fresh, food options for less, as Sun Valley Grocery.
During COVID their operations have shifted slightly. They still have a food pantry on Wednesdays at 2pm and Saturdays at 11am where clients can line up outside to receive bagged groceries and hot meals from volunteers and staff. Also, orders can be made for delivery through Sun Valley Grocery.
The center runs mainly on donations and volunteers, so if you have time or resources to give, Sun Valley Kitchen is doing amazing things. To get involved and learn more visit FeedingSunValley.com.