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The Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief is a partnership of many institutions and organizations. As partners, we combine our assets and strengths to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables available to hunger relief organizations. In the process, we provide formal and informal educational opportunities to the community regarding large-scale food production.

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About the Community Alliance

The purpose of the Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief is to increase the amount of high-quality fruit and vegetables available to those facing food insecurity in Mesa County and throughout Colorado. All orchard fruit currently growing on nine acres at the CSU Western Colorado Research Center at Orchard Mesa is directed to hunger relief, and 3 acres of new plots are grown for commercial-scale vegetable production.  The development of this food resource is integrated with an innovative service learning program that provides K-12 agricultural STEM opportunities to area students.  It also gives unique and meaningful service opportunities to members of the community who want to a little of their time and talents. The Community Alliance leads four projects: community harvests; vegetable production; K-12 STEM enrichment and service learning, and nutrition education. For more information on these four areas please click on the tabs at the top of the page.

Community Alliance 2017 Annual Report


Check out our cool video that shows what the Community Alliance is all about!

Partner Organizations

The Community Alliance is comprised of many organizations and institutions.  Some of the main partners are listed below.  Follow links to visit their websites.

CSU Western Colorado Research Center

Western Colorado Community College

Mesa Valley County School District #51

Food Bank of the Rockies

CSU Tri River Area Extension

John McConnell Math and Science Center


The activities of the Community Alliance are supported by the generous foundations listed below.  Our main costs are associated with vegetable production component of the programming.  We thank them for their support.

The Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation    

The Western Colorado Community Foundation

The Bacon Family Foundation    

Colorado Trust 

The Goodwin Foundation

Generous Individuals