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Summer Food Service Program: Helping Communities Across Denver

Working at Hunger Free Colorado with the Summer Food Service Program has led me to parts of Denver that shed light on the complexities of our neighborhoods and the immense reach of schools and community organizations. I, for one, would not expect a church to be located inside a building situated between a cell phone […]

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A Conversation in Cultural Relevancy- Summer Food

“The lunch truck is here, the lunch truck is here,” exclaimed many excited children during my recent visit to Shadow Tree Apartments; a Summer Food Service Program mobile site, located in Aurora, Colorado.  Upon this pronouncement, most of the children put down their balls and paint brushes and jump ropes in order to get in […]

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495 Sites Across Colorado Open During Summer Months to Feed Kids

This summer in Colorado, more than 495 schools and community sites are opening their doors to provide nutritious meals to youth between the ages of 1 and 18 at no cost! The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers “food that’s in when school is out.” Breakfast, lunch, snacks and […]

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One story of a hunger-free champion taking action

Last week, I received an unexpected phone call from a nontraditional educator and advocate. With her own resources and connections, she leads an afterschool program and summer education program for children living in her neighborhood—a mobile home park. During the school year, she arranges tutoring and activities for about 25 kids, ages 6 to 12. […]

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A Look Back: Connecting Children to Nutritious Meals During Summer Months

The summer of 2012 showed growth and increased knowledge among stakeholders in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). SFSP is federally funded through the USDA, administered by the Colorado Department of Education and implemented by schools, government agencies, private nonprofits and community organizations. Among these diverse partnerships, a common purpose connects the players: connect children […]

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Colorado Springs shows strength in Summer Food Programs

Dry, hot Colorado summers rarely pass without the occurrence of wildfires. Summer 2012 was no exception. Widespread fires in El Paso, Larimer and many other counties challenged wildfire and emergency response organizations but also resulted in strong community strength and service. When the Waldo Canyon Park fire reached its peak in El Paso County, many community […]

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Summer Food Site Visit with Senator Aguilar

Throughout Colorado, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites are preparing for the 2012-2013 school year. School sites are prepping cafeterias and kitchens for full-school enrollment. Many community-based sites are transitioning into after-school meal service through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. As kids head back into the classrooms, we reflect on the dedication seen […]

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