Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (2014-2017) | Colorado
P.U.M.A. was selected as the food access organization for the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F). CO4F finances grocery stores and innovative healthy food retail models in underserved communities throughout the state with the goal of improving healthy food access for Coloradans. The fund was seeded with money from the Colorado Health Foundation and is anticipated to leverage $20 million in investment. P.U.M.A. is responsible for marketing the fund as well as assisting borrowers with eligibility determination, application preparation and technical business assistance. P.U.M.A. works closely with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), the lending entity of the fund.
Various U.S. Cities
EPA Local Food, Local Places (2016) | Various U.S. Cities
P.U.M.A. was selected as part of the team to provide technical assistance for the Local Foods, Local Places program, which is designed to help communities capitalize on the growing demand for local foods. The program is run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and regional partners. P.U.M.A. has conducted multi-day workshops to make the connections between local food systems, place-based considerations, and community and economic development goals. The resulting action plans identify specific steps for enhancing livability and place making through local foods. P.U.M.A.’s role on the team involved conducting market research, bringing community economic development expertise, and workshop facilitation.
FRESH (2013) | Denver, Colorado
P.U.M.A. was contracted by Denver Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) to provide market research and profiles of grocers to develop strategies for attracting grocers to underserved market areas in Denver. The objective of the project was to create a market evaluation framework to assess the feasibility of encouraging grocery and fresh food outlets within communities in need. To do so, P.U.M.A. conducted primary research with mid-sized, small and specialty grocers to understand the market fundamentals; supported the city to develop preliminary food access and market data; compared the desired market characteristics with the preliminary data; and outlined market profiles in affected communities. Subsequently, P.U.M.A. was contracted to develop sample market profiles and to identify opportunities for enhancing city regulatory processes to encourage food retail development.