Sharing stories, experiences during “Hungry for Change: Day at the Capitol”

We hosted our first “Hungry for Change: Day at the Capitol” on March 18, 2016. Even with the inclement weather, more than 70 advocates came to the Colorado State Capitol to bring more attention to the prevalence and impacts of hunger in their districts and across the state.

 

Arriving at the Colorado State Capitol

Arriving at the Colorado State Capitol

Advocates and staff during "Hungry for Change: Day at the Capitol"

Participants ready to advocate

 

Rep. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) and our policy director, Cate Blackford, kicked off the morning. Then, advocates pulled their legislators from the House and Senate floors to share their stories and experiences about how hunger impacts their lives and communities and why we need to make addressing this pressing issue a top priority.

Kicking off the advocacy day

Kicking off the advocacy day

 

Rep. Moreno addresses advocates

Rep. Moreno addresses advocates

 

Advocates meet with their legislator

Advocates meet with their legislators

 

Andrea, a Hunger Through My Lens participants, meets with Sen. Pat Steadman

Andrea, a Hunger Through My Lens participant, meets with Sen. Pat Steadman

 

Hunger Through My Lens, a statewide photovoice advocacy project facilitated by Hunger Free Colorado, hosted their traveling photo exhibit in the halls of the Capitol that day as well. Real-life experts from the Denver metro area, the San Luis Valley and the Roaring Fork Valley had their photographs on display to shed light on the reality of hunger across Colorado and put real stories to the overwhelming statistics surrounding hunger. Some of the local project participants partook in the advocacy day, taking time to share their personal experiences with elected officials.

 

Hunger Through My Lens exhibit draws a crowd during advocacy day

Hunger Through My Lens exhibit draws a crowd during advocacy day

Hunger Through My Lens participants in front of the statewide exhibit

Hunger Through My Lens participants in front of the statewide exhibit

 


 

THANK YOU to all who participated and supported “Hungry for Change: Day at the Capitol.” You helped make it such a success!

View more photos from the advocacy day. Visit our online advocacy center to sign up for alerts and stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Colorado State Capitol. We’ll notify you when lawmakers are considering bills and proposals that impact the nearly 1 in 7 Coloradans who struggle with hunger.


 

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