Policy Summary

Law creates a Denver food commission that is responsible for creating requirements to distribute taxes and funds to non-profits that support the Healthy Food for Denver's Kids Initiative. (See also § 53-27(j) regarding that initiative and requiring that revenues from these increased taxes shall be collected and spent before December 31, 2029).

Background Information

State Colorado
Jurisdiction Name Denver
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
The commission will only distribute funds to non-profits that meet certain requirements, such as programs that provide year-round access to meals and organizations that conduct business within the Denver area.
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Commission's intent is to support organizations that help "kids," "low income," and "at-risk youth." § 2-243(c)(i). Commission prohibits discrimination on basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. § 2-243(a).

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

The commission will distribute funds from the "Healthy Food for Denver Kid's Initiative" to organizations that provide healthy meals and snacks or public health programs and education associated with farming, gardening, and healthy eating. § 2-243(c)(i).

Environmental linkage?

Commission will distribute funds to organizations that procure food from local farms, ranches, and food manufacturing businesses. § 2-243(c)(i).

Economic linkage?

The commission is established to distribute the sales and use tax increment and other funds raised to support the Healthy Food for Denver Kid's Initiative. § 2-240. The commission's intent is to achieve the most effective possible coordination of city, private, and public resources. § 2-241.

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The intent of this commission is to achieve the most effective possible coordination and impactful utilization of all city, private and public resources generated to support the Healthy Food for Denver's Kids Initiative and other related efforts." § 2-241.

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

"The Denver food commission shall institute and promulgate procedures for the application, consideration, and determination of distribution from the revenues from the Healthy Food for Denver Kid's Initiative fund. . ." § 2-243(a). The commission shall create criteria for the selection of organizations that will recieve distributions, with minimum requirements listed in § 2-243(c). § 2-243(a)-(c).

Enforcement provisions?

City council monitors commission through a yearly report completed by commission. § 2-243(f). Mayor has power to remove commissioners from commission for cause. § 2-242(f).

Evaluation component?

City council requires an annual report from the commission describing funds distributed and any changes to policies and procedures; evaluation is not specifically listed. § 2-243(f).

Requires extra investment?

Creates a commission that serves without compensation. § 2-242(e). Commission distributes funds generated from the Healthy Food for Denver's Kids initiative which recieves funding through sales and use tax increment. § 2-240.

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Denver, Colorado Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2 (Administration), Article VIII (Boards, Commissions, and Committees), Division 6 (Denver Food Commission). History: Ord. No. 302, § 8, 11-6-18.


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