As 2015 comes to an end, we wanted to reflect on the progress made in the past year. Through innovation, collaboration, partnerships and the power of community, our state continues to break down barriers to provide all Coloradans with access to healthy, affordable food.
Here are some of the highlights from 2015:
- Connecting 5,928 Coloradans to food resources like food stamps and food pantries via our statewide Hunger Free Hotline and mobile outreach services
- Launching new partnerships with healthcare providers to connect patients with nutritious food via our Hunger Free Hotline to ensure better, healthier lives
- Celebrating the successes of the Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, a direct result of partnership and collaboration, which not only achieved but exceeded many of the 10 goals set forth in the five-year plan, including substantial increases in school breakfast and summer meal participation
- Helping launch the Colorado Food Pantry Network, a result of the Full Pantries, Full Lives Leadership Institute, that invests in improved collaboration, organizational efficiencies and collective action
- Supporting the enactment of the Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Act, a new state tax credit that boosts local, fresh-food donations and also provides struggling Colorado families with additional access to fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meat products
- Protecting the “Breakfast After the Bell” state law from a proposed rollback, so more students can access a nutritious breakfast after the school day begins, fueling their minds and bodies
- Expanding Hunger Through My Lens, a photovoice project, to other regions of Colorado to shed light on what hunger looks like and how it impacts communities across the state
- Raising awareness and action around the issue and solutions via many other efforts, including the Hungry for Change Summit, community partnerships, statewide collaborations, local and national news coverage, and an online action network
Thanks to all who contributed to these substantial strides in creating a better future for all Coloradans. Our state has come so far, but there still remains much work to be done. We look forward to your support in 2016 and beyond, as we reach more milestones — advancing policies, streamlining systems and fueling changes within our communities.
Let’s continue to work together to ensure all Coloradans have enough healthy food to eat, in order to thrive and reach their potential.