STATE BILL ADVANCES, WILL IMPROVE FOOD STAMPS
Our top priority during the 2016 state legislative session has been fixing food stamps. Senate Bill 16-190 is bipartisan legislation, sponsored by the Joint Budget Committee, that will significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food assistance and other programs across Colorado.
With strong support by many organizations and legislators, it continues to advance at the State Capitol. Follow the bill’s progress and urge your state legislators to support SB 16-190!
COLORADANS IMPACTED BY 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 as soon as April 1, 2016. Food stamp recipients and community organizations can access resources via the link below.
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.
WELCOMING NEW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
We are pleased to announce and welcome Vikki O’Neil into the newly created role of Senior Vice President. This follows the promotion of Kathy Underhill, former executive director, to CEO of Hunger Free Colorado. O’Neil will work collaboratively with Underhill and the board of directors to ensure programmatic and strategic objectives are effectively executed across the organization.
HUNGER THROUGH MY LENS LAUNCHES WEBSITE
Hunger Through My Lens recently unveiled its own website, showcasing Coloradans’ photographs, stories and perspectives about how hunger impacts their lives and communities. The photovoice advocacy project is facilitated by Hunger Free Colorado and led by real-life experts of hunger from across the state.
MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN SCHOOL BREAKFAST RANKING
The Food Research & Action Center recently released its annual School Breakfast Scorecard , which ranks states on the rate of participation in the national School Breakfast Program. We are excited to report that Colorado is now ranked 11th in the nation, compared to 20th last year and 44th nationally in 2009, for school breakfast participation by low-income students.