Hunger Through My Lens: Prowers County

Photos from the last of our Hunger Through My Lens “sister sites” are now online at HungerThroughMyLens.org, giving you and others the opportunity to experience everyday life from the perspective of residents who live on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. Four project participants — all residents of Prowers County — have shared their photographs and personal stories about how hunger has […]

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Mapping Colorado’s human services landscape

Human service programs, such as food, health care, child care and financial assistance, aim to ensure Colorado communities have the building blocks for a prosperous future. An interactive dashboard, released on Aug. 9, 2016, aggregates county-level data to provide a clear picture of how these programs are ensuring the well-being of all Coloradans. Funded by […]

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New law will improve administration of food stamps, help Coloradans access needed nutrition

Coloradans facing hunger may now have fewer barriers to accessing nutritious food thanks to a bill passed unanimously by the state legislature. Gov. John Hickenlooper joined state and county leaders at Arapahoe County Human Services yesterday to sign Senate Bill 16-190 into law. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by the Joint Budget Committee, seeks to improve […]

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Federal policy updates regarding child nutrition & food stamps

Much happened this week at the federal level that will impact our communities and Coloradans struggling with hunger: Child Nutrition Reauthorization On Wednesday, the House Education and Workforce Committee marked up a bill, which they introduced in late April to our disappointment. The measure was approved on a near party line vote. H.R. 5003 moves […]

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2016 State Legislative Wrap-up

What a session! It was a long 120 days that ended Wednesday evening, but the 2016 State Legislative Session led to significant steps forward for Coloradans struggling with hunger. For each of you that sent an email, made a phone call or met with your state legislators—THANK YOU! Hunger Free Colorado’s top priority this year […]

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The Story Behind Senate Bill 16-190

Last summer the Colorado Joint Budget Committee unexpectedly learned about a problem with food stamps in Colorado. The state-supervised, county-administered program was penalized with a $1 million fine by the USDA due to issues with the administration of food stamps. The  committee of six state legislators–three Representatives from the State House and three State Senators, […]

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Legislative updates: Food assistance bill advances, another bill introduced to support kids & schools

Yesterday was a busy day at the Colorado State Capitol for bills relating to food and nutrition. Here are some updates that we wanted to share: State Bill to Improve Food Assistance Heads to Governor’s Desk Only a few weeks ago the Joint Budget Committee introduced Senate Bill 16-190, bipartisan legislation to increase the efficiency […]

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