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How hunger is like a Rubik’s Cube

As 2016 comes to a close, I’ve been contemplating the work ahead of us. Like many organizational leaders, I wonder how the new administration and Congress will shape upcoming federal legislation that directly impacts so many Colorado residents. There’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization, which expired in September 2015 and has been put on hold. It invests in […]

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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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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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Legislative updates: Food assistance bill advances, another bill introduced to support kids & schools

Yesterday was a busy day at the Colorado State Capitol for bills relating to food and nutrition. Here are some updates that we wanted to share: State Bill to Improve Food Assistance Heads to Governor’s Desk Only a few weeks ago the Joint Budget Committee introduced Senate Bill 16-190, bipartisan legislation to increase the efficiency […]

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Colorado now ranked 11th for school breakfast

The Food Research & Action Center recently released its annual School Breakfast Scorecard, which ranks states on the rate of participation in the national School Breakfast Program. We are excited to report that Colorado is now ranked 11th in the nation, compared to 20th last year and 44th nationally in 2009, for school breakfast participation by low-income students. Increasing school […]

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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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Doull Elementary: Positive impacts of Breakfast in the Classroom

Six months ago, teachers at an elementary school in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in Denver (Colorado) noticed that hundreds of the students faced hunger and poverty, thus creating a challenging environment for learning and for productive social interactions. Six months later, teachers and parents working together have begun to change that alarming situation. “The barriers […]

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