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PBS News Story Highlights Need for Food Pantries, Even in Affluent Communities

While the majority of this video is about perceptions of wealth inequality in the United States, I was particularly struck by the comments of Denise Barrant. (Scroll to 6:20 – 8:00 to see the interview with Ms. Barrant.) I grew up a few towns away from where she lives, just on the other side of […]

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The Power of Voice

I came across a young poet, Raevaughn Johnson aka Rae of Hope,  on YouTube today. He made many pointed statements that made me think deeper about the handling of hunger in America. He performed his poem at the Brave New Voices poetry slam in San Francisco. Listen to his poem and his handle on words: A few […]

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Back to School: Let the Good Times Roll

You may find this hard to believe, but school is already in session in many schools across the state of Colorado. A new school year brings different federal child nutrition programs to the front lines while summer programs are put on the back burner. During this transition every year, it is difficult to keep the various […]

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Summer Lunch Provides Stability

Monica (not her real name) came to lunch at a food site with her two boys. She comes every day. Her oldest son is four years old and the youngest is two. For Monica, the summer meal program has been more than food for her and her boys. Two years ago, Monica and her husband were addicted […]

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Connecting Communities for the Common Good

The Colorado Convention Center, Korbel Ballroom was filled with faith-based and neighborhood organization representatives today for the Connecting Communities for the Common Good Conference (one of many in a series across the US). This conference came from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Networking and sharing best practices of connecting communities was the purpose, with a look at […]

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Work without Working

At my regular Thursday site visit, I managed to sail through the reading program right into lunch interacting with the children and parents. They’re so enjoyable that it’s hard to believe I get paid to do the work. In fact, I don’t really consider it work. It’s not hard; it’s easy to build relationships and spend time […]

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Guest Blogger: Summer Food Site Visits by Ruth Warren

Written by Ruth Warren For the past week I have joined Hunger Free Colorado on site visits around Denver.  I was struck in both visits by the invisibility of those who live in poverty in the Denver area and who participate in this valuable extension of the School Lunch Program. Our first site visit is […]

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