Community / Project Resources
Healthy Food Bank Toolkit (Poster)
By Tri-County Health Department
Tri-County Health Dept. created this poster to present at NWA’s Annual Conference in April 2017. This poster highlighted their local work creating a healthy food toolkit to provide guidance on increasing healthy food and beverage options in the Thornton community as part of the CPHMC project.
Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) serves 3 counties on the eastern side of the Denver Colorado metropolitan area. There are wide variations in health equity between those counties. TCHD focused efforts on the City of Thornton, CO in Adams County with a population of 124,707, an area showing the highest needs related to limited food access. Tri-County Health Department’s coalition, Bringing Health 2 U, sought to increase access to healthy food resources, provide seamless referrals to community resources including WIC, and increase knowledge and support of breastfeeding, cultural awareness and WIC benefits. Three food banks in the Thornton area work to meet the needs of approximately 1,500 of those in most need per week and receive referrals from Hunger Free Colorado and other nearby agencies. The City of Thornton government has declared their interest in policy and resource enhancements for improved access to healthy foods. Adams County Head Start, Adams County Housing, a community garden co-operative, and local farmers all show willingness to collaborate on increasing access to healthy food choices in this community.
December 5, 2017
Tri-County Health Department (2017) Healthy Food Bank Toolkit (Poster). Available online: https://thewichub.sfo2.digitaloceanspaces.com/2017/12/TCHD-Poster-Final.pdf