Telluride Foundation’s Local Food Initiative supports programs in the west end of San Miguel and Montrose Counties that are working to increase food security in the area. These programs include the West End Family Link Backpack Program, the Apple Core Project, the Norwood Food Bank and Norwood Community Garden.
The Backpack Program started in April 2018 and provides students in the West End Public School District (WEPSD) with a bag of food weekly to bring home with them. The program is managed by West End Family Link located in Nucla. Recently, the Telluride Alpine Bank branch employees packed over 500 bags of dried fruit and nuts to go in each backpack.
The Apple Core Project (ACP) hosted its third annual grafting and pruning class in March 2019 at the Livery in Norwood. The full-day class offered a crash course in tree grafting, fruit tree care and pruning. The ACP is a nonprofit in the West End working to preserve local heirloom varieties of apple and other fruit trees through surveying local orchards and educating the public about the importance of heirloom varieties of fruit trees.
This year the Norwood Food Bank expanded its educational programming and has offered monthly cooking and nutritional demos for clients. All participants were able to try the meal and were given recipes and nutritional sheets to take with them.
In partnership with the Norwood Community Garden, over 250 pounds of fresh produce were harvested and distributed at the food bank for clients to take home with them. The Community Garden will continue to grow produce for the food bank this upcoming garden season with the hope of harvesting even more!
The Telluride Foundation’s Local Food Initiative started its third year at the beginning of 2019 and is focused on continuing the promotion of local foods in our community and increasing food security. Alpine Bank’s contribution to the Local Food Initiative, known as the Bank to Bank Initiative which began just over a year ago, helps continue vital programs like these.