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Growth in WIC

Growth in WIC

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children(WIC) is a federally funded program administered here through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding support, along with health and social services referrals to low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up […]

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Fueling success with after-the-bell breakfast in Adams County school district

The morning was still engulfed in darkness, yet inside Adams City High School there was movement and chatter in the kitchen as staff prepared the day’s breakfast—low-fat milk, an apple and a healthy granola. While the school began to bustle with activity as more students arrived, members from a student club, one by one, stopped […]

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Fighting for a Place at the Table: Ending Hunger in Colorado—and America

A few weeks ago I attended a viewing for A Place at the Table, a documentary that provides a personal view of the more than 49 million Americans who face food security issues. One of the featured stories involves a fifth-grader named Rosie from Collbran, Colo. More specifically, the film speaks to the hardships faced […]

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When school breakfast became a part of school culture in Montrose

The lumps were quickly smoothed out of the school breakfast program at Pomona Elementary School in Montrose last year. Shortly after offering all 411 students breakfast each day in their first class, many teachers, leaders and custodians who had their doubts were converts. The biggest reason was better student behavior. “We had fewer students coming […]

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A Lift for Low-Income Families

A Lift for Low-Income Families

As a form of wage supplementation, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—a federal tax credit—lifts low-income, working families out of poverty every year when tax returns are filed. According to the Piton Foundation, evidence shows that EITC “creates an incentive for people to leave welfare for work and for low-wage workers to increase their work […]

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Morey Middle School on its way with Breakfast in the Classroom

I visited Morey Middle School’s new Breakfast in the Classroom program yesterday, and even with a broken elevator, a nutritious breakfast made it to the desk of every student who wanted it. Cereal was the clear winner on that morning! Since starting this fall, breakfast participation has jumped from 31% last April to 68% in […]

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A STRIVE Preparatory School now brings breakfast into the classroom

Yesterday, I observed one of the many schools offering Breakfast in the Classroom in Colorado. I was at the STRIVE Preparatory School’s Highlands campus, where they just implemented the innovative serving model this fall. Jessica and Ambrosia—the two kitchen staff charged with preparing and delivering hundreds of breakfasts to students in classrooms this year—worked like […]

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