Nourishing Students

Thanks to the support of stigma fighters like you, we are ready to go supporting five Denver Public Schools food pantries for the 2021/2022 school year.

When I visit food pantries across Denver, one thing leaves me full of concern: the lack of nutritional quality of the food. Many decades of harmful farm-subsidy policy has left us with a national crisis of cheap processed foods made from corn, soybeans and wheat. It is hard to blame the under-funded food pantries for stretching their dollars and buying lots of highly processed, shelf-stable food. But the result is we are feeding our kiddos – the ones who most need the nutrition to fight their way out of marginalized situations – a whole lot of crap.

What sets us apart at Stigma is our commitment to providing the pantries, and the students we serve, with nutrient rich, high protein, natural and local food. We procure our food from the ranchers and farmers of Colorado. It is grass fed/grass finished. It is locally grown when possible. It is nutrient dense to give families the strength they need to emerge from economically and socially challenging situations. It is real food for real people.

After 17 years in the food business, we have learned too much to trust food chemists to feed Denver’s kids. There is a lot at stake, and our food system needs a major overhaul. In the meantime, we will continue to do our part, with your continued support.

Stay tuned to learn more about our partner schools and our partner farmers and ranchers. As always, thank you for supporting our mission to crush the stigmas of addiction, hunger and homelessness!

Published by Matt Salis

Matt Salis is a high-functioning alcoholic in recovery who is working to end the stigma associated with addiction and related conditions such as homelessness and mental illness.