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Our County Volunteer Program: Our Stories

After seeing Maya Angelou speak back in my college days, I count her as one of the truly wise and empowering individuals in this world. She has been known to say many powerful things and among them is “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”  What made me think […]

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SNAP benefits continue to shrink as need in Colorado grows

The USDA has just released the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data for fiscal year 2012. For families in Colorado, the news could have been better.  The average monthly benefits per household in Colorado have decreased—from $317.73 in 2011 to $305.27 in 2012. While that doesn’t seem like much, in the long run, it means […]

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Offering help and hope… My day working the Hunger Free Hotline

“I’m a disabled senior about to lose my job and I have my 17-year-old teenage grandson living with me,” said one caller. “We literally have no food, and I saw that you may be able to help us.” Another shared, “I work full-time, but my small income makes it hard for me to take care […]

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New SNAP Outreach initiative assists organizations, helps struggling families in Colorado

Do you want to help ensure that families in your community have access to nutritious food? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is the first line of defense against hunger. It enables eligible households to pay for groceries—literally putting food on the table for more millions of Americans. Right now, […]

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Volunteers at the Denver Department of Human Services

Food Assistance Navigator and AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Kathleen Ferrick dissuses the  partnership between Hunger Free Colorado and the Denver Department of Human Services and the effect this is having on those applying for SNAP and other federal benefits. Over the past 4 months, I have gained valuable insight regarding the experience of applying for SNAP […]

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