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HUNGER THROUGH MY LENS: PROWERS COUNTY

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Four residents of Prowers County documented hunger’s impact on their lives and community, as well as how they are working to solve the issue. They are real-life experts and participants of Hunger Through My Lens, a photovoice advocacy project that aims to shed light on the reality of hunger across Colorado.

Their photos and stories, sharing everyday life from their perspective, were recently unveiled online. The group also hosted their first exhibition in Lamar on Saturday, Nov. 12.

NEW USDA REPORT ON HUNGER SHOWS PROGRESS

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About 1 in 8 Coloradans and Americans were, at times, unsure when or where they would get their next meal during 2015, according to recent data released by the USDA’s Economic Research Service.

The annual report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2015, shows a significant decline in Colorado’s and the national rate of food insecurity. While a notable improvement compared to the past few years, the rates are still above pre-recession levels.

A CALL TO ENGAGE

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In many ways, last week’s election results have created more questions than answers. One thing is certain though: Everyone elected to federal, state and local offices is here to serve us all. We will continue working, alongside many partners, donors, volunteers and advocates, to ensure all Coloradans have access to healthy, affordable food; to have nutritious food understood as a basic human right.

You may be asking yourself, “What can I do?” And we have one answer: Engage—participate and become involved. Make that your goal for today and going forward, because we can only create a hunger-free Colorado with your support, whatever that may look like.

COLORADANS IMPACTED BY FEDERAL FOOD STAMP RULE

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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 may have had their food stamp benefits discontinued at the beginning of May.

Food stamp recipients and community organizations can access resources via the link below.