FEDERAL UPDATE: CHILD NUTRITION REAUTHORIZATION
For those wondering about the status of Child Nutrition Reauthorization: not too much. The Senate version, which passed unanimously by the Senate Agriculture Committee in January, was held up by a few lingering funding questions, so there was not a full Senate vote before summer recess. It’s expected to be voted on upon Congress’ return in September.
Thanks in part to the cross-country effort to #StoptheBlock, the House version of CNR, which would roll back years of progress, also failed to move forward this summer.
Hunger Free Colorado continues to work with partners to educate our Members of Congress on both pieces of legislation.
NEW STATE LAW TO IMPROVE FOOD STAMP ADMINISTRATION
Coloradans facing hunger may now have fewer barriers to accessing nutritious food thanks to a bill passed unanimously by the state legislature. Gov. John Hickenlooper joined state and county leaders at Arapahoe County Human Services on June 1 to sign Senate Bill 16-190 into law. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by the Joint Budget Committee, seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food stamps and other programs in Colorado.
“This bill is about real people and paves the way for streamlining enrollment in a vital program,” said Kathy Underhill, CEO of Hunger Free Colorado. “In an era when bipartisan measures are rare, we’re glad folks can come together around something as basic and human as access to nutritious food.”
STILL TIME TO #HIKEFORHUNGER
Thanks to all who have hit the trail to support Hunger Free Colorado! Hike for Hunger ends July 31, but there’s still time to join us on a guided hike or plan your own hike or walk. Registration is free, and all funds raised will benefit our mission to end hunger. Also, save the date for our Hike for Hunger wrap-up party on Tuesday, August 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Whole Foods in Cherry Creek.
NEW TOOLKIT: ROLE OF CITIES IN REDUCING HUNGER
Hunger Free Colorado, in partnership with the Colorado Municipal League and many other entities, recently released “Fueling our Children for Success: The Role of Cities in Reducing Child Hunger,” a toolkit to raise awareness of the many ways that Colorado cities and towns can help the children in their communities thrive.
COLORADANS IMPACTED BY FEDERAL FOOD STAMP RULE
Due to federal regulations of the program, some adults now can only get food stamp benefits for three months during a three-year period, unless they meet specific exemptions or requirements. This federal “time limit” went into effect across Colorado on January 1, 2016, meaning those who do not meet the exemptions or requirements could have their food stamp benefits discontinued on or before May 1, 206.
Food stamp recipients and community organizations can access resources via the link below.