Seventeen Years in the Making: A Terrific Summer Food Program

Securely hidden in a little nook of a quiet neighborhood, Field Elementary School is a gem for those searching for a peaceful community lunch. For seventeen years, Theresa Rayfield has been overseeing the summer meal for children at Field. It is apparent that she loves her job and her community in that she will go […]

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Guest Blogger: Summer Food Site Visits by Ruth Warren

Written by Ruth Warren For the past week I have joined Hunger Free Colorado on site visits around Denver.  I was struck in both visits by the invisibility of those who live in poverty in the Denver area and who participate in this valuable extension of the School Lunch Program. Our first site visit is […]

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Mayor of Thornton Visits Summer Lunch Program

I enjoyed a beautiful meal with Mayor Pro Tem Mack Goodman on Tuesday at Meadow Community School in Thornton.  Mapleton School District’s Director of Nutrition Service Joella Carron (and staff) not only provided a delicious lunch but also very sobering tales of hunger in Thornton.  Thankfully, six of her schools serve meals throughout the summer […]

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Mayor McNally visits Westminster summer meal site

Mayor Nancy McNally of Westminster enjoyed lunch with the kids at Sunset Ridge Elementary on July 1.  Dressed ready for the holiday weekend, Mayor McNally sported her American flag shirt and received introductions from many excited kids.  One little girl even confessed to pretending to be the mayor on a regular basis, using a napkin […]

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Project Citizen: Students Study Smart Start Funding

When asked to develop a project for Project Citizen, a civic engagement competition, Mr. Diehl’s class at Fairview Elementary School in Denver, decided to look at Smart Start Funding. They called in a number of experts, including Leo Lesh from DPS Food and Nutrition Services and Rich Jones from the Bell Policy Center. I was […]

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Mayor Mclean visits Northeast Elementary Summer Food Program in Brighton

On Friday, Mayor Dick Mclean visited Northeast Elementary Summer Food Site in Brighton. I was excited to visit Northeast for several reasons. Not only are they serving summer food and partnering with the nearby Shopneck Boys and Girls Club to ensure high participation, but during the school year they also serve universal free breakfast in the classroom. […]

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Mayor Joyce Downing of NorthGlenn visits Adams 12 Summer Lunch Program

Today I visited Westview Elementary in Northglenn with Mayor Joyce Downing and Chris Sjolin of Adams 12 Enterprise Services. We had a delicious lunch of pizza (with lowfat cheese and whole grain crust), green salad, fruit salad, a whole wheat roll, a frozen 100% juice pop, and milk. It was terrific to get to talk […]

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