COVID-19 Resources

Critical Businesses and Services

Food and agriculture supply chains are clearly listed as critical business in the Governor's order. It’s expected that all critical businesses continue to use strict social distancing guidelines and per the order, if some of your workforce can work from home they should. In brief, the order includes:

  • Critical Infrastructure definition of the following: “Food and plant cultivation, including farming crops, livestock, food processing and manufacturing, animal feed and feed products, rendering, commodity sales, and any other work critical to the operation of any component of the food supply chain.”

  • Critical Healthcare Operations include veterinary care and livestock services. There remains a limit on elective veterinary procedures to ensure sufficient PPE for human care.

  • Food and Agriculture supply chain items are included in Critical Manufacturing, including food processing for all foods and beverages; chemicals; medical equipment; and all other supporting business.

  • Farm and produce stands, and “establishments engaged in the retail sale of food,” are included in the Critical Retail section. This includes farmers' markets. This section also includes all agricultural supply businesses.

  • Critical Services include important aspects of the Food and Agriculture supply chain, including storage and distribution. 

Please reach out to your local public health agency for further guidance, as local governments have final legal authority within their jurisdictions. More information is available here:

Government Resources

Centers for Disease Control

Colorado Department of Agriculture

CDA Food Security Task Force

Colorado Department of Education

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Colorado Department of Revenue (Liquor Enforcement)

Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade

Colorado Tourism Office

FDA Food Safety

State and National Resources

USDA Resources

USDA Rural Development

Help Colorado Now (volunteers and donations)

Industry Resources

Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association

Colorado Restaurant Association

Colorado State University

Farmers' Markets

Naturally Boulder

Produce Grower Resources

Producer Product/Service Matchmaker Tool

Business Assistance

Denver Business Journal Business Resources

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance

Colorado SBDC Small Business Response Resources


COVID Relief Fund

International Business

Export Credit Insurance

Food Access

Find Colorado Products

Crop Calendar, Recipes, Farmers' Markets

Map of meal locations for schoolchildren

Farm to School Resources

Food Resources

No Kid Hungry Grants

Wholesale Distributors Offering Products to the Public:
5280 Produce
Altamira Specialty Products
Coosemans-Denver, Inc. Produce Box, Call 303-371-3130
Food Maven
Fresh Start Produce
Italco Foods
LoCo Food Distribution
Rome's Sausage
Tucci's Produce, Call 303-809-9495
What Chefs Want Denver Food Box

Updated 04/03/2020