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On the confirmation of Sonny Perdue, our new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Our team at Hunger Free Colorado welcomes the opportunity to work with Sonny Perdue, who recently was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and share with him Colorado’s perspective on the important role of nutrition programs, which ensure Americans of all ages, backgrounds and zip codes can access the food they need […]

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Uptick in medical referrals to statewide food resource hotline

Working with Kaiser Permanente, Hunger Free Colorado helped create a system for medical providers to screen patients for food insecurity.  If a patient screens “positive,” the medical provider sends a referral to our statewide food resource hotline. Our food assistance navigators then proactively calls each patient, connecting them to food resources in their community, screening for federal nutrition programs, […]

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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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Aiming for average: New data underscores need to improve food stamp administration, access across Colorado

New data highlights longstanding issues with the administration of food stamps in Colorado. Today, we released “Food Stamp Impact Reports” for all 64 counties today that detail the efficiency and effectiveness of the state-supervised, county-administered program. While some Colorado counties meet national averages and federal guidelines, the overall data shows below-average performance at the state […]

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization advancing

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee unveiled a draft, bipartisan bill to reauthorize all child nutrition programs called The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016. The agreement provides for a five-year reauthorization of key federal school meal and child nutrition programs through fiscal year 2020. Strong child nutrition programs benefit […]

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Overcoming barriers to summer meals in rural Colorado

When traveling through the San Luis Valley, the visual beauty of the surrounding mountains can be a stark contrast to the reality for many residents.  The geography and its vastness create barriers to accessing healthy food, such as during the summer when school breakfast and lunch are not available for thousands of children in rural communities. […]

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GUEST POST: Month-long Food Stamp Challenge

“Finish your food because there are starving kids in Africa.” This is what my mother used to say to me as a young girl. The reality is that hunger is not only an issue in developing countries, but believe it or not, it exists in our local community. To say living off $4.14 a day […]

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