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SHARE YOUR INPUT, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES

Food-Stamps-Fuel-Healthy-COWant to use your voice to help strengthen your community and ensure all Coloradans have access to nutritious food?

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.

TELL CONGRESS TO INVEST IN THE HEALTH OF KIDS

#CNR2015Imagine 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!

SUMMER MEALS FUEL KIDS LIKE JULIEN, MAXWELL & ZOE

SFSP Del Mar 7-15The newly-opened Del Mar Family Aquatic Center in Aurora not only has a pool, but the site also participates in the Summer Food Service Program, which ensures those 18 years or younger can get a healthy meal at no cost.

On a recent sunny day, kids in swimsuits lined up for lunch. Apples, bananas and milk, along with ham or cheese sandwiches, were carefully packed on ice to maintain freshness. Depending on the weather, the summer meal site can serve up to 75 lunches a day.

Ami Crowe and her three kids, Julien, Maxwell and Zoe, were sitting at a picnic table under the shade of a park shelter. “Julien was here yesterday with friends, and he liked it so much he insisted that we all come today,” shared Ami.

KIDS EAT FREE, HEALTHY MEALS ALL SUMMER LONG

KFF Logo 2104Summer 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. Thanks to a statewide collaboration, more than 530 community sites across Colorado are providing meals to those 18 and under at no cost this summer.

Families can visit KidsFoodFinder.org or call (855) 855-4626 to find a participating site in their area.