Decatur Fresh Market Combats Food Insecurity in Denver’s Sun Valley Neighborhood (Denver Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
December 15th, 2021

From 303 Magazine:

On November 30, Decatur Fresh Market hosted their grand opening in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood. Prior to its opening, Sun Valley earned the classification of a food desert, since the nearest grocery store was 2.5 miles away. 

Sun Valley is Denver’s most diverse neighborhood. Its residents represent over 30 diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. In fact, the majority of food deserts nationwide represent BIPOC communities. A few years ago, Denver Housing Authority and Youth Employment Academy rolled out the blueprints and construction timeline for Decatur Fresh Market. The market’s construction is part of a larger community development project. Under the direction of Denver Housing Authority, Sun Valley will soon have 960 subsidized housing units.

Food insecurity remains a substantial burden for many Denver residents. Decatur Market serves as a model for development in other neighborhoods.

Decatur Fresh Market is a 1,800 square-foot grocery store and community space. Before its opening, the nearest store was a 7-Eleven located on Federal Boulevard. The nearest supermarket, a King Soopers, is 2.5 miles away. Years ago, Sun Valley had a Family Dollar, but after it closed, no market replaced it. Decatur Fresh Market comes as a welcome solution to a long-standing community need.

Read 303 Magazine's article "Decatur Fresh Market Combats Food Insecurity in Denver’s Sun Valley Neighborhood," featuring the Denver Housing Authority.

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