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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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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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Summer meals fuel kids like Julien, Maxwell and Zoe

Summertime means time away from the classroom, but for many Colorado kids it also can mean a loss of access to school meals—fuel that helps them thrive in and out of school. The newly-opened Del Mar Family Aquatic Center in Aurora not only has a pool, but the site also participates in the Summer Food […]

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No holiday break for struggling Colorado families—and what’s at stake for kids in 2015

The holiday season is often portrayed as “merry and bright,” but for many Colorado families that’s not the case. When living paycheck to paycheck, a holiday break for families with school-age children leads to additional stress and tough choices like: Do I pay our rent and bills or buy groceries? It’s estimated that about one […]

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Q&A with “summer food” artist, Jalia

Jalia H., a 13-year-old from Aurora, recently won a poster contest that resulted in her artwork being displayed across the state via postcards, banners (like what’s in the photo), fliers, bus and movie theater ads, websites and more—all to promote a statewide program that connects Colorado kids and teens to free, nutritious meals during the […]

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Young artist’s work to connect more Colorado kids to summer meals

Several months ago, while snow was still fresh on the ground, Hunger Free Colorado and partners began preparing for the statewide summer food program for kids and teens. We began taking steps to create this summer’s outreach materials by teaming up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to host a poster contest, […]

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