"Meals with a heart" is the tag line to this North Denver non profit that serves the entire metro area. Founded in 1991, Project Angel Heart "delivers nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illness."
The Kitchen Community is the arm of the Boulder-born the Kitchen family of restaurants. The organization "creates community through food by building Learning Gardens in schools across the U.S. Learning Gardens are hands-on learning environments and experiential play-spaces with vegetables that help reverse trends in childhood obesity, improve academic performance, and strengthen communities."
With several big events organized each year, Chefs Up Front among them, Share Our Strength involves many of Denver's chefs in its mission. The group "provides knowledge and skills that help surround kids at risk of hunger with healthy foods where they live, learn and play."
This is a place where all guests are fed no matter what their troubles are. SAME "seeks to help individuals and their communities who are impoverished, disabled, starving and discriminated against by teaching skills to help them avoid unemployment, homelessness, sickness and starvation."
Established in one of Denver's poorest neighborhoods, Elyria-Swansea, this indoor farm, marketplace, and educational center set as its mission "to grow healthy community through food access, production, and education."
This active organization ranges in its scope from school gardens to micro-grants for food-focused start-ups. Slow Food Denver cultivates the enjoyment of local food with all members of the community to create a more just and sustainable food system.
BONUS: If you still feel generous, consider contributing to the crowdfunding campaign for the Big Fat Cupcake. The Cherry Creek retail shop hit a rough patch when its owner got diagnosed with cancer in the fall. The mountain road and neighborhood construction have added to the woes.
One more: Paige Harte, former hostess of Frasca Food and Wine, is in the final hours of her Kickstarter campaign and she is very close to reaching her goal. Through the Shade Market project, she plans to study human relationship with food across different cultures. More below.