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File #: 21-0532    Version: 1
Type: Bill Status: Passed
File created: 4/30/2021 In control: Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee
On agenda: 7/26/2021 Final action: 7/26/2021
Title: A bill for an ordinance amending Section 2-242 and Section 2-243 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code regarding the Denver Food Commission. Amends Chapter 2 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code concerning the Healthy Food for Denver's Kids Initiative to improve the ability of the Healthy Food for Denver's Kids Commission to disburse funds more widely and equitably. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 6-30-21.
Indexes: Emily Lapel
Attachments: 1. BR21 0532 DDPHE HFDK Request, 2. BR21 0532 DDPHE HFDK Draft Bill, 3. 21-0532 Filed Bill_Amending Ordinance 302 - Healthy Foods for Denver Kids, 4. 21-0532 Filed Bill_Amending Ordinance 302 - Healthy Foods for Denver Kids, 5. Healthy Food for Denver's Kids Financials 7.8.21, 6. HFDK Ordinance Changes for Public Hearing 7.26.pdf, 7. HFDK Ordinance Changes for Public Hearing 7.26.21 Final, 8. 21-0532 Support, 9. 21-0532 - signed, 10. CB21-0532 For an ordinance amending Section 2-242 and Section 2-243 of the Denver

Other/Miscellaneous Request Template (Appointments; ROW; Code Changes; Zoning Action, etc.)

 

Date Submitted: 4-30-21

 

Requesting Agency: Department of Public Health and Environment

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Subject Matter Expert Name:

Name:        Will Fenton & Lauren Howe                                                             

Email:       William.fenton@denvergov.org                                                                 

 

Item Title & Description:

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A bill for an ordinance amending Section 2-242 and Section 2-243 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code regarding the Denver Food Commission.

Amends Chapter 2 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code concerning the Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids Initiative to improve the ability of the Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids Commission to disburse funds more widely and equitably. The Committee approved filing this item at its meeting on 6-30-21.                                                                      

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Affected Council District(s) or citywide? Citywide

 

Executive Summary with Rationale and Impact:

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This modification will expand the number of organizations eligible for Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids grant funds. Healthy Food for Denver’s Kids (HFDK) Commission, administered by Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment, is recommending modifications to Ordinance 302, the Healthy Food for Denver's Kids Initiative. The Commission is recommending these changes to improve the ability of the HFDK Initiative to disburse funds more widely, efficiently, and effectively. The goals and outcomes of this proposed modification are to better serve Denver's youth. The Commission currently has approximately $15 million to distribute via its next Request for Proposal.

 

These modifications will be more inclusive and equitable by allowing more organizations to apply for funds. The changes will also allow for greater inclusion and diversity in terms of age and residency for representatives appointed to the Healthy Food for Denver's Kids Commission. Finally, clarified language will provide more consistency and accessibility for the community stakeholders who are potentially applying for these funds.

 

Support/Opposition. There has been strong support for this change. The HFDK Initiative has received feedback from current/potential grantees, the HFDK Commission, community stakeholders and City Council. The HFDK Commission members and staff developed the proposed language changes and voted to approve in December 2020. Support from City Council was shown during the annual reporting presentation in December 2020, in one on one briefings, and by the two City Councilwomen who are represented on the HFDK Commission (Councilwoman Ortega and Councilwoman Torres). DDPHE has not received any opposition to the proposed ballot language changes.

 

The specific modifications include:

                     Striking the requirement that Commissioners “be a resident” of Denver to “live or work” in Denver to be more inclusive

                     Remove the minimum age requirement of 21 years (to allow youth to serve on the Commission if qualified and interested)

                     Change “under 18” to “18 and under” to include high school students of all ages in grant activities and to be more aligned with standard age cut offs

                     Change a “majority of activities” to “qualifying programmatic activities”, which would allow more organizations to apply (including those that may have less than 50% of their activities go towards feeding kids or providing food-based education, but who may want to increase this work)

                     Clarify that distributed grant funds (rather than organizations overall) need to principally benefit Denver residents

                     Strike “primary purpose” to again allow organizations that may feed kids as a smaller portion of their work to still apply

                     Clarify that “public schools in Denver” can apply (including individual DPS schools and charter schools), in addition to DPS as an entity

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