"Why wouldn't we -- couldn't we -- bring healthy foods directly to people?"
Lawmakers now get to decide how to handle the transition away from 3.2 beer.
Colorado officials are being encouraged not to do anything rash ahead of supermarkets and gas stations starting full-strength beer sales in 2019.
The Double Up Food Bucks, or DUFB, program led by LiveWell Colorado gives food stamps recipients $20 worth of free locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables each time they use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits at participating farmers markets and grocers.
Denver is kicking in $100,000 as part of its latest effort to address food insecurity in Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Montbello, Westwood and other areas where access to groceries is limited.
Key players behind Colorado's supermarkets, liquor stores and other alcohol purveyors need to come up with new rules for phasing out 3.2 beer before year's end.
Denver set $3 million aside to get grocery stores in Globeville-Eyria-Swansea, Westwood and Montbello, but so far no supermarkets have announced plans to enter the food deserts.
It could be a while before Coloradans see liquor store chains spring across the state or the proliferation of craft beer on grocery shelves.
Grocery giants Kroger and Safeway-Albertsons are giving up the fight to get voters to OK full-strength beer and wine sales in all Colorado supermarkets.