Dubuque Eats Well
After being ranked last in the nation in terms of fruit and vegetable consumption and with obesity being named as a top community health concern, Dubuque residents identified Healthy Local Foods as one of twelve Sustainable Dubuque principles during a community visioning process.
To combat the rising obesity rate and lack of healthy eating habits, Dubuque developed a collective impact model to increase healthy food access that capitalized on grassroots work in the community. A Regional Food Coordinator was hired in 2012, and the Dubuque Eats Well (DEW) coalition was formed.
DEW is a network of area organizations and community members working to advance local food system development in the Greater Dubuque area. DEW completed the community’s first Food System Assessment in 2015 and began forming working groups to address the gaps identified. DEW has since implemented several healthy eating initiatives, including:
Double Up Food Bucks- provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) users with a dollar-for-dollar match for purchasing local fresh fruits and vegetables at the market from local farmers.
Dubuque Rescue Mission Community Garden– provides produce for the kitchen of a men’s homeless shelter in downtown.
Dubuque Community Garden Collaboration– a partnership of community gardeners who share resources and work together to expand opportunities to grow food in Dubuque.
Convivium Urban Farmstead– transformed a derelict greenhouse into an urban farm and began reaching out to neighbors to plant small raised beds in their yards to provide accessible produce.
School Based Food Pantries– provide fully functioning pantries to local schools that distribute fresh produce, dairy, meats, grains and dry products.
Meals for Summer Reading & Recreation Programs– Boys & Girls Club partnered with United Way to serve over 17,000 meals during summer programs.
Multicultural Family Center (MFC)– hosts individuals from around the world who share experiences and cook together. MFC also serves as a food pantry.
Dubuque, IA- 2019 AAC Winner: Presentation
Dubuque Main Street