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Summer Food Service Program: Helping Communities Across Denver

Working at Hunger Free Colorado with the Summer Food Service Program has led me to parts of Denver that shed light on the complexities of our neighborhoods and the immense reach of schools and community organizations. I, for one, would not expect a church to be located inside a building situated between a cell phone […]

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A Conversation in Cultural Relevancy- Summer Food

“The lunch truck is here, the lunch truck is here,” exclaimed many excited children during my recent visit to Shadow Tree Apartments; a Summer Food Service Program mobile site, located in Aurora, Colorado.  Upon this pronouncement, most of the children put down their balls and paint brushes and jump ropes in order to get in […]

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495 Sites Across Colorado Open During Summer Months to Feed Kids

This summer in Colorado, more than 495 schools and community sites are opening their doors to provide nutritious meals to youth between the ages of 1 and 18 at no cost! The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers “food that’s in when school is out.” Breakfast, lunch, snacks and […]

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One story of a hunger-free champion taking action

Last week, I received an unexpected phone call from a nontraditional educator and advocate. With her own resources and connections, she leads an afterschool program and summer education program for children living in her neighborhood—a mobile home park. During the school year, she arranges tutoring and activities for about 25 kids, ages 6 to 12. […]

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Making Sure that No Child Goes to Bed Hungry

By the time children arrive at afterschool programs, lunch is a distant memory. Their growing bodies need food just to get through the afternoon. Without it, children feel run down, their attention span shortens, their ability to learn diminishes, and they have difficulty fully participating in afterschool activities. Many afterschool programs run late into the evening […]

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