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