By coming together and supporting well-being, we can strengthen our communities and state. 9NEWS (KUSA-TV), one of our media partners, hosts a bi-annual 9Cares Colorado Shares drive, where they collect non-perishable foods, along with other needed items, to support fellow community members. This year’s fall drive takes place on Saturday, Nov. 14, and as a lead-up, they engaged Hunger Free Colorado and advocates to raise awareness about hunger and its impacts, as well as encourage healthy food donations.
Each day this week, Coloradans shared their stories on 9NEWS–showing what hunger really looks like, different ways to take action to help end hunger and how people can get connected to needed food resources.
Here are their stories:
Two real-life experts, who document how hunger impacts their lives, families and communities, share their personal experiences. They both lead and participate in Hunger Through My Lens, a statewide photovoice project to shed light on the reality of hunger. Watch their powerful stories that aired on 9NEWS this past Tuesday and Thursday:
Two Hunger P.O.D. Squad members, who have committed to being a part of the solution, share their experiences about raising awareness or funds to help ensure no Coloradan has to worry about their next meal. Eighteen-year-old Amanda participated in the Food Stamp Challenge, living on a limited food budget for one month. Ten-year-old TJ Berry founded the Parker Kids’ Club, a self-organized service group of 21 young philanthropists, in 2013, and they have raised more than $5,000 for Hunger Free Colorado. Watch their stories that aired on Wednesday and Thursday:
Hunger Free Colorado volunteers and staff participated in a Hunger Free Line9 on Monday morning, bringing more attention to the issue of hunger and connecting Coloradans to needed food resources, such as food pantries, holiday meals and food stamps. Our statewide food resource hotline is open throughout the year, Monday-Friday, and can be reached toll-free by calling 855-855-4626.
Thank you to 9NEWS, the advocates who shared their stories, our great volunteers and staff, and all others who continue to support efforts to create a hunger-free Colorado! Find out ways that you can take action today and in the future.