Jack and Julie’s story: How will we pay for food and rent?

Jack and wife Julie, both in their early 80s, wondered aloud as to how they would pay for rent and food during a visit from their home-care nurse last month. Jack recently suffered two heart attacks, and medical bills from the ambulance rides and hospital stays began to trickle in, putting an additional strain on […]

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Volunteering for the Hunger Free Hotline: Monica’s story

If you’ve ever juggled a job while taking care of a family and trying to enjoy the warm weather, it may seem difficult to imagine adding anything else to that mix. But many Coloradans have found a great way to give back through volunteering their time and skills at local non-profit organizations. Hunger Free Colorado’s […]

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Doull Elementary: Positive impacts of Breakfast in the Classroom

Six months ago, teachers at an elementary school in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in Denver (Colorado) noticed that hundreds of the students faced hunger and poverty, thus creating a challenging environment for learning and for productive social interactions. Six months later, teachers and parents working together have begun to change that alarming situation. “The barriers […]

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Montrose school experiences success with Breakfast in the Classroom

The lumps were quickly smoothed out of the school breakfast program at Pomona Elementary School in Montrose. Shortly after offering all 411 students free breakfast each day in their first class, many teachers, leaders and custodians who had their doubts were converts. The biggest reason was better student behavior. “We have seen a decline in […]

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No holiday break for struggling Colorado families—and what’s at stake for kids in 2015

The holiday season is often portrayed as “merry and bright,” but for many Colorado families that’s not the case. When living paycheck to paycheck, a holiday break for families with school-age children leads to additional stress and tough choices like: Do I pay our rent and bills or buy groceries? It’s estimated that about one […]

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2014: A Year of Progress

This year marked a time of great progress in eradicating hunger across Colorado. Through innovation, collaboration, partnerships and the power of community, our state is breaking down barriers to provide all Coloradans with access to needed nutrition through healthy, affordable food. Some of the year’s highlights include: Connecting more Coloradans to food resources like food […]

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First day shopping with food stamps

First day shopping with food stamps

“People often assume that our first shopping trip would have been demeaning or sad to me. On the contrary, I can’t talk about federal nutrition assistance, or my first experience using it, without smiling,” wrote Dr. Robin Dickinson, a physician, mother, wife and participant of Hunger Through My Lens. “Walking through the store and loading food […]

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