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.”
AIMING FOR AVERAGE: NEED TO IMPROVE FOOD STAMPS
New data highlights longstanding issues with the administration of food stamps in Colorado. Our new “Food Stamp Impact Reports” for all 64 counties, released on Jan. 28, detail the efficiency and effectiveness of the state-supervised, county-administered program. While some Colorado counties meet national averages and federal guidelines, the overall data shows below-average performance at the state and county levels.
SUMMER MEALS FOR COLORADO KIDS AND TEENS
Summer should be a fun and enriching time for all Colorado children, but for many it represents a time when they are at the greatest risk of hunger due to lost access to school meals. A collaborative effort of government agencies, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and school districts focuses on filling the nutritional gap through a statewide summer food program.
More than 500 community sites across Colorado will provide summer meals to children up to 18 years old at no cost.
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.