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A Call to Engage

In many ways, last week’s election results have created more questions than answers. One thing is certain though: Everyone elected to federal, state and local offices is here to serve us all. We will continue working, alongside many partners, donors, volunteers and advocates, to ensure all Coloradans have access to healthy, affordable food; to have nutritious food […]

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Policy updates: Amendment 70, food stamps & child nutrition programs

POSITION ON AMENDMENT 70 Hunger Free Colorado has officially endorsed the Colorado Families for a Fair Wage campaign in support of Amendment 70, which will be on Colorado’s November 2016 ballot. The coalition of small business owners, community partners, working families and faith organizations aim to increase the minimum wage to $12 by the year 2020.   Currently, the […]

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7 years and counting until we’re no longer needed

Seven years ago on October 5, Hunger Free Colorado officially launched from a merger of two nonprofit organizations to bring a stronger, more unified voice to the issue and solutions surrounding hunger across Colorado. It all began at my dining room table with one employee. Since then, we have grown in staff and impact as […]

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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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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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