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How hunger is like a Rubik’s Cube

As 2016 comes to a close, I’ve been contemplating the work ahead of us. Like many organizational leaders, I wonder how the new administration and Congress will shape upcoming federal legislation that directly impacts so many Colorado residents. There’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization, which expired in September 2015 and has been put on hold. It invests in […]

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Overcoming barriers to summer meals in rural Colorado

When traveling through the San Luis Valley, the visual beauty of the surrounding mountains can be a stark contrast to the reality for many residents.  The geography and its vastness create barriers to accessing healthy food, such as during the summer when school breakfast and lunch are not available for thousands of children in rural communities. […]

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Doull Elementary: Positive impacts of Breakfast in the Classroom

Six months ago, teachers at an elementary school in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in Denver (Colorado) noticed that hundreds of the students faced hunger and poverty, thus creating a challenging environment for learning and for productive social interactions. Six months later, teachers and parents working together have begun to change that alarming situation. “The barriers […]

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No holiday break for struggling Colorado families—and what’s at stake for kids in 2015

The holiday season is often portrayed as “merry and bright,” but for many Colorado families that’s not the case. When living paycheck to paycheck, a holiday break for families with school-age children leads to additional stress and tough choices like: Do I pay our rent and bills or buy groceries? It’s estimated that about one […]

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Q&A with “summer food” artist, Jalia

Jalia H., a 13-year-old from Aurora, recently won a poster contest that resulted in her artwork being displayed across the state via postcards, banners (like what’s in the photo), fliers, bus and movie theater ads, websites and more—all to promote a statewide program that connects Colorado kids and teens to free, nutritious meals during the […]

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Young artist’s work to connect more Colorado kids to summer meals

Several months ago, while snow was still fresh on the ground, Hunger Free Colorado and partners began preparing for the statewide summer food program for kids and teens. We began taking steps to create this summer’s outreach materials by teaming up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to host a poster contest, […]

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Breakfast For All: Alysh’s Story

Breakfast For All: Alysh’s Story

There are several factors that have led to my support for the Breakfast After the Bell Program in Colorado.  I am extremely lucky to work with the people I do, and I feel that with my knowledge and experience, I am in a position to help those whose situation I was previously in. When I was […]

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