It is a great pleasure at LiveWell Longmont to announce Community Food Share as our new fiscal sponsor. As a leader in our community’s effort to end hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, Community Food Share is an ideal partner in our progressing our LiveWell Longmont mission to support community health. This new relationship represents an exciting opportunity to bring together a wide range of resources and expertise with a shared vision for a community where every individual has access to healthy choices.
LiveWell Longmont is dedicated to reducing obesity and associated risks by ensuring the accessibility of healthy eating and active living opportunities for all who live, work, learn, and play in Longmont; the LiveWell Longmont Coalition continuously works together to encourage healthy choices through a supportive environment. Since 2008, LiveWell Longmont has leveraged over $5 million in funding from LiveWell Colorado, various grants, in-kind support and match dollars to promote health and prevent obesity through the advancement of healthy eating and active living opportunities, education, and policies.
In 2016, LiveWell Longmont was awarded a generous grant through the competitive Cancer Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Grants Program. With this funding, the One Healthy Longmont initiative worked toward addressing health barriers faced by prioritized neighborhoods with high prevalence of health disparities. With One Healthy Longmont funds, collective resources have and continue to be utilized to create new avenues for established and emerging local leaders to effectively identify and address environmental barriers to health and wellness within their neighborhood communities, while also improving retail access to healthy food options.
As a fellow non-profit with exemplary reach, community engagement, experience and close alignment with food access issues, Community Food Share is an ideal match for progressing the One Healthy Longmont initiative to completion. With this move, we have had opportunity to reflect on our work over these past ten years in our #healthyLongmont community, and further look ahead at the future. This includes integration of the existing momentum of our work with our partners.
We wish to express our appreciation for the support we have received from Longmont United Hospital with Centura Health. An original member of the LiveWell Longmont Coalition and longtime partner, Longmont United Hospital has served as the LiveWell Longmont fiscal sponsor since March of 2013. Over the years, we have cherished the opportunity to work with this exceptional organization.
Over the course of the next six months, we will be working to integrate our work with Community Food Share and other community organizations. LiveWell Longmont will be concluding as its own organization at the end of June, 2018. It is with bittersweetness that we share this news. We have loved being an integral part of Longmont’s healthy progress over this past decade. However, we are confident that our efforts will be meaningfully and purposefully sustained in capable hands. We will share further details and updates over the next several months as we continue to work toward our goals. Thank you, our healthy Longmont community, for your positive momentum and support! We welcome the exciting new chapters ahead.