By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver
(Denver, Colo.) Denver will provide grocery store gift cards to up to 4,000 individuals and families experiencing food insecurity resulting from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation.
The $200 gift cards will be available at all three Denver Human Services locations on a first-come, first-served basis when they are available at the end of September. Applicants must be under 200% of the federal poverty level.
The grocery gift cards will be supplied by the city’s Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships, Denver Human Services, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Office of Economic Development and Opportunity, and Office of Children’s Affairs to community nonprofits for distribution to residents who use their services based on referrals.
“Rising costs for everything from groceries to gas are straining family budgets everywhere,” Mayor Michael Hancock said. “Inflation is impacting all of us. This is a little bit of relief for those families who need it the most, and we will continue to look at different ways we can help lower costs for our residents.”
The effort is being funded by $1 million in interest from Denver’s American Rescue Plan Act funding.
In addition to the gift cards, the inflation relief package also will support the distribution of 8,000 food boxes at three distribution events in October. Details are still being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks.