Lakewood Mayor Visits Two Summer Food Sites!

Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy visited both O’Connell Middle School and 11th Avenue Head Start for lunch on July 12!  After finding out that many school sites in Jefferson County would not be offering the program this summer, Sharon Keith, Family Services Manager with the Department of Community Resources, did a wonderful job finding space for […]

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If Kids Want to Play, Colorado Miners Makes a Way

While the Colorado Miners youth program has been in operation since 2004, the Colorado Miners Community Center (CMCC) only opened its doors last August. The mission of Colorado Miners is “To inspire a sense of responsibility, self-worth, confidence and leadership within young athletes for themselves, their families and their communities.” This community recreation center opened by the program has it […]

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Cucumbers Stand Up to Monsoons

Harvest is starting at Bridges of Silence. The students’ hard work is paying off beginning with cucumbers. It’s amazing to think that through the past week and  a half of monsoon weather complete with sheets of rain, pounding thunder, lightning sparkles and even damaging hail, the Bridges of Silence garden is healthy and productive. Soon, they […]

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Work without Working

At my regular Thursday site visit, I managed to sail through the reading program right into lunch interacting with the children and parents. They’re so enjoyable that it’s hard to believe I get paid to do the work. In fact, I don’t really consider it work. It’s not hard; it’s easy to build relationships and spend time […]

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Food for Thought: Breakfast is Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

While doing research on school breakfast programs, I came across some “food for thought.” I always assumed that everyone understood the importance of breakfast, but, as with most of my assumptions, I was wrong. My assumption comes from health officials and good ol’ mom who call breakfast the most important meal of the day. I grew-up with this […]

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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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