OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO SUMMER MEALS
“Here in the San Luis Valley, which is 8,000 square miles, there are no public transportation routes or even a ‘park and ride’ option,” said Bethany Howell, Community Education Coordinator for La Puente Home, based in Alamosa. “Those without cars are dependent on friends, relatives, or neighbors to help them access food. If they can’t find someone willing or able to give them a ride at the time they need one to reach [a summer meal site], they will be out of luck until the next time.”
A proven solution beyond the statewide summer food program is the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) for Children. It reduces child hunger, increases consumption of healthy foods and provides Colorado kids in all zip codes with a fair chance to reach their potential. Read the full story on our blog.
LET’S BAG HUNGER
Whole Foods Market in Cherry Creek is helping to “bag hunger” through Sunday, Sept. 27. Simply bring reusable bags to checkout and choose Hunger Free Colorado to receive 10 cents per bag.
Those who do not live in the area can still help by spreading the word or taking action another way.
TELL CONGRESS TO INVEST IN THE HEALTH OF KIDS
Imagine what Colorado could be if every child had enough nutritious food to eat. Programs such as summer meals and school lunch ensure Colorado kids receive proper nutrition for healthy development, as well as the energy and focus needed to learn.
Soon, Congress will consider reauthorization of all federal child nutrition programs, so now is the time to tell our Colorado delegates that we must invest in the health of Colorado kids and a better future for all Coloradans.
Find out how you can take action TODAY via email, phone and/or social media!
SHARE YOUR INPUT, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES
The Colorado Department of Human Services will host a listening tour in nine counties—from the Eastern Plans to the Western Slope—this August. It is a great opportunity for community members and local organizations to help raise the profile of hunger and food stamps.
Find out more about the tour and how you can attend a session, submit an online comment or take action another way.