The Manitou Springs community has an ongoing interest in promoting access to healthy, nutritious, local food for all residents. This interest is reflected in the Plan Manitou community master plan, which includes goals and policies to enhance food access and an action to complete a “Comprehensive Food Assessment and Action Plan.” We initiated the Food Assessment project in Dec. 2019, and it will extend through early April 2020. We are collecting data about food access, distributing a survey, and hosting conversations stakeholder groups to learn:
We also convened a Stakeholder Group of representatives from all other stakeholders to assist with outreach, data collection, and plan development. The project is led by Planning staff with assistance from consultant Jennifer Banyan. First, we will prepare a summary of initial findings in February; then, based on feedback from Community Meetings, we’ll prepare a Preliminary Action Plan.