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Overcoming barriers to summer meals in rural Colorado

When traveling through the San Luis Valley, the visual beauty of the surrounding mountains can be a stark contrast to the reality for many residents.  The geography and its vastness create barriers to accessing healthy food, such as during the summer when school breakfast and lunch are not available for thousands of children in rural communities. […]

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Summer meals fuel kids like Julien, Maxwell and Zoe

Summertime means time away from the classroom, but for many Colorado kids it also can mean a loss of access to school meals—fuel that helps them thrive in and out of school. The newly-opened Del Mar Family Aquatic Center in Aurora not only has a pool, but the site also participates in the Summer Food […]

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Graciela’s story: “Food stamps make me feel as if I will survive”

When Graciela Rosales walked on to Your Neighborhood Food Truck last month, nothing about her family’s future seemed certain, a feeling she had experienced before. The truck, a 40-ft RV retrofitted and owned by Hunger Free Colorado to connect Denver-area families to food stamps and other food resources, was parked outside Denver Health’s Eastside Family […]

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Food on the table helps families (like mine) get back on their feet

I have experienced poverty firsthand, growing up in the “projects” with my parents struggling to make ends meet. My dad worked 40+ hours each week to provide for my family, while my mom played an equally important role of caring for my siblings and me. I slept in the same bed with my siblings for […]

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A Place at the Table: Reactions & Actions

Last month, Chipotle hosted its weekly film screening as part of the Sustainable Food Film Series at the Denver Botanic Gardens. I was surprised at the turnout; I had never before attended one of the screenings in the series. The main event of the evening was watching and discussing the documentary, A Place at the […]

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Business Innovation Factory 10th Annual Summit – Transforming Social Systems

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) 10th Annual Summit in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference is a unique gathering of the minds where famous entrepreneurs mix with social change makers and share their stories. These stories help presenters connect with the audience, spark creativity, and “show” instead of […]

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Farm Bill signed but still a ‘mixed bag’ for food stamps

Colorado avoided heavy cuts to the state’s food stamps program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), in the Farm Bill. President Obama signed the bill today, after it passed out of the U.S. Senate earlier this week with a 68-32 bipartisan vote and advanced from the House of Representatives with a strong […]

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