SlimGenics and Denver Urban Gardens Partner to Ensure Healthy Food Access in Metro Denver”s Urban Neighborhoods

The SlimGenics Kitchen will be housed in DUG’s new office headquarters at the Horse Barn, an historic 25,000-square-foot building owned by The Denver Housing Authority (DHA). The building is located at 1031 33rd Street in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and is being restored as a shared office space for DUG and a coalition of international development nonprofits.It is expected to open in Spring 2013.

“Denver Urban Gardens is deeply grateful to SlimGenics for its generosity as well as its overall partnership,” said Michael Buchenau, executive director of DUG. “Through our work in community gardens and our youth farmers’ market program, we have found that providing communities with opportunities to learn how to prepare the produce they grow and purchase from their markets empowers individuals and families to take charge of their personal food security and nutrition. Having our own demonstration kitchen will now enable us to reach even more people through regularly-scheduled workshops in our new facility.”

The SlimGenics Kitchen will be located in the main common space of the Horse Barn building. It will double as a breakroom and a classroom for trainings and other events. DUG anticipates using the facility to serve approximately 13,500 individuals annually through its trainings and community and education programs.

“We created the SlimGenics Foundation in 2010 to support organizations and innovative programs providing nutritional education and preventing childhood obesity as well as childhood malnutrition,” said Katherine Ott, CEO of SlimGenics. “DUG’s vision for this demonstration kitchen aligns perfectly with our goals for the Foundation. In serving as the presenting sponsor of DUG’s new kitchen, we are thrilled to help provide the access, education and training individuals and families need in order to learn and maintain healthy eating habits and solid nutrition.”

DHA was established in 1938 as a quasi-municipal corporation with an annual budget of $161 million.DHA is one of Denver’s largest subsidized landlords, serving 26,000 residents and managing over 11,000 dwelling units located throughout the city.