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FIRST DAY SHOPPING WITH FOOD STAMPS

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“People often assume that our first shopping trip would have been demeaning or sad to me. On the contrary, I can’t talk about federal nutrition assistance, or my first experience using it, without smiling,” wrote Dr. Robin Dickinson, a physician, mother, wife and participant of Hunger Through My Lens.

Read the rest of Robin’s story that she contributed to the recent poverty issue of YES! Magazine. Four Hunger Through My Lens participants also shared photos and stories in the magazine to shed light on the reality of hunger.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS, NEW TOOLKIT & PBS NEWSHOUR

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Fifteen Colorado women are taking aim at hunger with cameras to put real faces and stories to the overwhelming statistics.

Experience Hunger Through My Lens by visiting the exhibit or watching the PBS NewsHour report about the real-life experts of hunger. The project also recently released a how-to guide, so other groups can create their own photovoice project.

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PROVIDING A HEALTHY START TO THE SCHOOL DAY

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Excerpt from The Denver Post: Thanks to the passage of House Bill 13-1006 in 2013, students in most Colorado school districts are getting breakfast after the school day starts, or Breakfast After the Bell.

The benefits of ensuring that all students get something in their stomachs at the beginning of the day are pretty straightforward—increased attendance, decreased tardiness and improved behavior.

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SENIOR COMMUNITY MEAL SITE TRANSFORMED

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Sometimes it’s the simple things in life—like a meal shared with others. Hunger Free Colorado and CraftWorks Foundation, partnered on The Nourish Project, a new collaboration for the transformation of local senior community meal sites and menu items, with a goal to enhance the dining experience and increase participation.

The first transformation reveal happened Sept. 17 at the Denver Inner City Parish, with an unveiling of the new meals, décor and dining area; an expected welcome change by the seniors who participated in the selection process and have attended the program for years.

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