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Policy & Advocacy


One in six households can’t afford to buy food
Public News Service (April 9, 2015)

Proposed cuts could boot 12 million people off food stamps
TakePart (Mar. 26, 2015)

Colorado celebrates significant progress in eradicating childhood hunger
The Denver Post YourHub (Mar. 2, 2015)

Childhood hunger campaign celebrates success in Colorado
Colorado Public Radio (Feb. 27, 2015)

Celebran “importante reducción” del hambre infantil en Colorado
Política Entravisión & other news outlets (Feb. 27, 2015)

Piden mantener programa de desayunos gratis en escuelas públicas de Colorado
Univisión Colorado & other news outlets (Feb. 2, 2015)

Advierten sobre posible cancelación de desayunos escolares gratis en Colorado
El Economista Amercia & other news outlets (Jan. 23, 2015)

Aumenta el número de personas que piden ayuda alimenticia en Denver
Univisión Colorado & other news outlets (Dec. 16, 2014)

No holiday break for struggling Colorado families
Boulder Daily Camera, The Coloradoan, Cortez Journal, Colorado Hometown Weekly, Denver Post YourHub, Glenwood Springs Post Independent (December 2014)

Out of the kitchen, into the cafeteria: This school food fight is just getting started
Health Elevations (Oct. 22, 2014)

The future of food help in America
Health Elevations (Oct. 22, 2014)

Baja el hambre, pero no la pobreza entre hispanos en Estados Unidos
Fox News Latino & other news outlets (Oct. 9, 2014)

Providing a healthy start
The Denver Post (Nov. 16, 2014)

Our first day shopping with food stamps (by Hunger Through My Lens participant)
Yes! Magazine (Nov. 3, 2014)

Americans on food aid document their hunger in photos
Yes! Magazine (Oct. 9, 2014)

Fighting hunger in Colorado starts by talking about it
Public News Service (Sept. 8, 2014)

Piden facilitar el acceso a programas de ayuda para personas con hambre
Alianza News & other news outlets (Sept. 8, 2014)

Report: 1 in 7 in Colo. struggle with hunger
Colorado Public Radio (Sept. 4, 2014)

Addressing solutions at Hunger Free Colorado Summit
The Cherry Creek News (Aug. 26, 2014)

Brookings Institution: Poverty spreads to the suburbs
Money News (Aug. 11, 2014)

The rise of suburban poverty
TIME Magazine / (July 31, 2014)

Colorado Charitable Crop Donation Act brings farmers, food banks together
Greeley Tribune (July 21, 2014)
The Fence Post (July 22, 2014)

Guest column: Celebrate food and end hunger
The Aspen Times (June 20, 2014)

New state tax credit to boost fresh-food donations
The Denver Post YourHub (June 4, 2014)

New state tax credit to boost fresh-food donations
Fowler Tribune (June 2, 2014)

New state tax credit to boost fresh-food donations
La Junta Tribune-Democrat (June 2, 2014)

Farm-to-food-bank bill signed
The Pueblo Chieftain (June 1, 2014)

Farm-to-food-bank bill signed in Durango
CBS4 Denver (May 31, 2014)

Farm-to-food-bank bill signed in Durango
Houston Chronicle (May 30, 2014)

Hickenlooper signs bill encouraging farms to donate needed produce to Colorado food banks
The Republic Columbus, Indiana (May 30, 2014)


Connecting to Food Resources: Our Programs & Initiatives


Hunger Free Hotline helps Coloradans find food (May 2, 2015)

Hunger Free Hotline & hunger in Colorado
Colorado’s Best, CW2/KWGN-TV (April 28, 2015)

Produce for Pantries announces season end poundage: 40,600 ponds of donated food
The Denver Post YourHub (Nov. 28, 2014)

Help Colorado families in need of food
9News (Nov. 11, 2014)

Helping Older Coloradans access groceries, needed nutrition
The Denver Post YourHub (Oct. 23, 2014)

Denver senior community meal site, menu items transformed
The Denver Post YourHub (Sept. 18, 2014)

Urban gardeners donating a portion of their harvest to Colorado’s hungry
7NEWS / KMGH-TV Denver (Sept. 4, 2014)

Gardeners: Donate your extra produce to local food pantries
9NEWS / KUSA-TV Denver (Sept. 4, 2014)

Zucchini overload? Colo. food pantries want your garden’s surplus
Colorado Public Radio (Aug. 28, 2014)

Zucchini overload? Colo. food banks want your garden’s surplus
Food Waste News (Aug. 28, 2014)

Hunger Free Colorado connects older Coloradans to food resources
The Denver Post YourHub (May 20, 2014)

Full Pantries, Full Lives Leadership Institute launches in Colorado
The Denver Post YourHub (May 16, 2014)

Produce for Pantries encourages gardeners to grow produce for food pantries
The Denver Post YourHub (May 1, 2014)

Making fresh food a menu staple in every zip code
The Washington Park Profile (May 2014)


Child Nutrition (school breakfast, after school and summer food)


Hunger Free Hotline & upcoming summer food program
Colorado’s Best, KWGN/CW2 (April 28, 2015)

Escuelas de Colorado combaten pobreza infantil con comidas comunitarias
Fox News Latino & other news outlets (March 27, 2015)

Combaten el hambre
La Prensa de Colorado (March 27, 2015)

Governor celebrates campaign to end childhood hunger
Public News Service & various radio stations (March 2, 2015)

Campaign to End Childhood Hunger exceeds expectations
The Sunshine Express (Feb. 27, 2015)

Aumenta la participacion estudiantil en los desayunos dentro de escuelas
La Prensa de Colorado (Feb. 20, 2015)

More students eating healthful breakfasts at Colorado schools
The Durango Herald, Fowler Tribune, Public News Service (Feb. 11, 2015)

Winter break is a hungry time for some
Aspen Public Radio (Dec. 29, 2014)

In Colorado, school vacation means more kids go hungry
Colorado Public Radio (Dec. 23, 2014)

Colorado’s Best Kids: Young artist’s work connects Colorado kids to summer meals
Colorado’s Best, KWGN-TV (June 24, 2014)

Area sites serving free summer meals to Colorado kids and teens
The Denver Post YourHub (June 19, 2014)

Denver Public Schools seeks to broaden Summer Meal Program
The Denver Post YourHub (June 19, 2014)

Free summer meal program now open
The Coloradoan (June 18, 2014)

Free meals for kids during summer
KOAA-TV (June 18, 2014)

No child need go hungry this summer
Mile High On The Cheap (June 18, 2014)

Hundreds of sites serving summer meals to Colorado kids for summer (June 18, 2014)

Hunger Free Colorado funding meals for kids and teens this summer (June 18, 2014)

How to help kids from going hungry this summer
9NEWS, KUSA-TV (June 10, 2014)

Free summer lunch program starts at all Adams County school districts
The Denver Post YourHub (June 5, 2014)

Summer meals program for Colorado kids keeps on growing
i-News Network at RMPBS
(June 5, 2014)

Free meals and summer fun for CO kids
KUVO-FM (June 4, 2014)

Area sites serving free lunch to Colorado kids throughout summer months
Mile High Mamas (May 30,2014)

D-2, D-11 offer free summer meals throughout Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Gazette (May 25, 2014)



Other News


Hunger Free Colorado awarded $10,000 grant from Bank of America to help end child hunger
The Denver Post YouHub (March 27, 2015)

Hunger Free Colorado awarded $100,000 grant to help end child hunger
The Denver PosYourHub (Feb. 3, 2015)

Alumna pursues passion for food justice with Denver nonprofit
University of Denver Magazine (Jan. 12, 2015)

No picnic: Grand county women experience food stamp budget
Sky-Hi News (Oct. 2, 2014)

Longmont food bank delivers more than food
Denver Catholic Register (Sept. 16, 2014)

7Everyday Hero: Eight-year-old encourages others to fight hunger through his kids’ club
7NEWS/KMGH-TV (July 21, 2014)

DeBoskey: Hunger where we live — the philanthropic response
The Denver Post (July 13, 2014)




Child nutrition

Watch our segment on Comcast Newsmakers! Rita McCusker, Community Outreach Manager, talks about Hunger Free Colorado and the Summer Food Service Program. It aired on Comcast OnDemand and Comcast Entertainment Television (CET) throughout the month of August 2012.

Home and hungry for the holidays
U.S. News on NBC News (Dec. 24, 2013)

Breakfast programs fills kids’ tummies, improves test scores, boosts attention spans
Colorado Springs Gazette (Dec. 9, 2013)

For pupils, breakfast is served thanks to Hunger Free Colorado
The Denver Post (Nov. 3, 2013)

Combating the enemy: Hunger
The Prowers Journal (Sept. 26, 2013)

Colorado partners unite to fight summer hunger
USDA Blog (Aug. 19, 2013)

Voluntarios hispanos proveen comida y educacion a ninos de Colorado
Solidaridad Colorado (July 24, 2013)

Summer food service program underway
Denver Post YourHub (July 9, 2013)

Area sites providing summer meals to kids and teens
Denver Post YourHub (July 3, 2013)

Lunch program feeding kids during summer
Fort Morgan Times (June 14, 2013)

Lunch program feeding kids during summer
Fort Morgan Times (June 14, 2013)

Summer sites serving free lunch to Colorado kids and teens
9NEWS (June 13, 2013)

Bridging the gap: Offering lunches around Aurora to students on break
The Aurora Sentinel (June 13, 2013)

Summer food program for kids and teens
Aurora News Weekly, Channel 8 (week of June 10, 2013)

Summer Food programs aim to ease hunger when school is out
The Colorado Springs Gazette (June 6, 2013)

Colorado summer food program nearly doubles number of hungry kids feed
The Denver Post (June 6, 2013)

Campamento De Verano Gratuito
Univision Colorado (June 5, 2013)

Area sites serving free lunch to Colorado kids throughout summer
Mile High Mamas (June 4, 2013)

Fighting hunger this summer In Colorado
KUNC (May 27, 2013)

Gov. Hickenlooper signs ‘Breakfast After the Bell’
The Denver Post’s YourHub (May 15, 2013)

Breakfast after the bell becomes law in Colorado
7NEWS (May 15, 2013)

‘Breakfast After The Bell’ Bill Signed Into Law By Hickenlooper In Commerce City Elementary School Cafeteria
Huffington Post (May 15, 2013)

Gov. Hickenlooper signs ‘Breakfast After The Bell’
CBS4 (May 15, 2013)

Fueling success with after-the-bell breakfast in Adams County school district
9NEWS (April 16, 2013)

Fueling success in Adams County school district
9NEWS (April 5, 2013)

Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic and Breakfast: House Bill 2013-1006
Public News Service (April 8, 2013)

Seeking more summer food sites and sponsors, CDE applications now available
The Denver Post’s YourHub (April 4, 2013)

George Washington High School crowned champion of statewide school breakfast challenge
The Denver Post’s YourHub (March 8, 2013)

County students score breakfast award
The Pueblo Chieftain (March 8, 2013)

Central High School wins ‘silver’ in Colorado School Breakfast Challenge
Grand Junction Free Press (March 8, 2013)

Colorado School Breakfast Challenge Winners Announced!
9NEWS (March 7, 2013)

Wheat Ridge High School wins ‘silver’ in statewide school breakfast challenge
The Denver Post’s YourHub (March 6, 2013)

National School Breakfast Week Focuses Attention on Impact of School Breakfast on Academic Achievement
CBS5 NEWS (March 6, 2013)

Why school breakfast matters
Fowler Tribune (Feb. 18, 2013)

After-school snacks and supper program started in Denver
9NEWS (Feb. 18, 2013)

Why breakfast after the bell matters
Public News Service (Feb. 18, 2013)

Debating breakfast after the bell
Education News Colorado (Feb. 18, 2013)

Colorado chefs laying nutritional foundations for school children
Public News Service (Feb. 7, 2013)

Chef Tyler Wiard stomps for ‘Breakfast After the Bell’
Denver Eater (Feb. 5, 2013)

How proposed Breakfast After the Bell would help local students
KJCT 8 (Jan. 28, 2013)

Adams City High School to learn outcome of school breakfast challenge
Commerce City Sentinel Express
(Dec. 31, 2012)

Contest sparks school breakfast growth
Education News Colorado (Dec. 16, 2012)

Central High School students compete in Colorado School Breakfast Challenge
KREX-TV, Grand Junction (Dec. 5, 2012)

Ridgway School District recognized as Breakfast Challenge champion
The Sunshine Express
/ (Dec. 1, 2012)

24 high schools in Colorado competing to be breakfast champions
The Denver Post’s YourHub (Nov. 30, 2012)

Burlington school district crowned champion of statewide School Breakfast Challenge
The Burlington Record
(Nov. 20, 2012)

Champions of Colorado School Breakfast Challenge announced, area schools win innovation awards
The Denver Post’s Your Hub (Nov. 15, 12012)

Champions of Colorado School Breakfast Challenge announced, Parenting & Education (Nov. 13, 12012)

Ridgway School District awarded $3,000, breakfast challenge champion
KUBC Colorado Radio
(Nov. 9, 2012)

How to connect more kids to the school breakfast program to end child hunger
Children Nutrition Examiner (Setp. 27, 2012)

Hunger in Colorado classrooms: Why healthy food is a needed school supply
The Denver Post’s Your Hub (Sept. 12, 2012)

Hunger in Colorado classrooms
9NEWS (Sept. 11, 2012)

Teachers report students ‘regularly’ come to school hungry
The Denver Post (Aug. 24, 2012)

Over half of Colorado teachers buy food for hungry students
The Colorado Citizen (Aug. 24, 2012)

Rising number of teachers paying cost of feeding breakfast to students (Aug. 23, 2012)

Back to school study: Hunger harms Colorado kids
Public News Service (Aug. 23, 2012)

Jeffco Public Schools summer meal program goes mobile
The Denver Post, YourHub (Aug. 2, 2012)

Free, nutritious meals available for kids and teens this summer (July 20, 2012)

Jeffco Schools retrofits bus into mobile cafeteria
9NEWS (July 17, 2012)

Lunch Club bus takes meals to students
Arvada Press (July 5, 2012)

Summer-meals campaign kicks off with Denver Nuggets
Wheat Ridge Transcript (June 21, 2012)

D-11 mobile program dishes out free, healthy meals to kids
Colorado Springs Gazette (June 13, 2012)


Policy & advocacy

House approves historic public education funding; rural broadband heads to Senate
The Colorado Independent (April 9, 2014)

Coloradans care about hunger
Pagosa Daily Post (March 14, 2014)

Hunger in Colorado
KGNU Community Radio (March. 13, 2014)

15 women document what it’s like to be hungry in powerful photo project
Huffington Post (March 3, 2014)

What happened when some folks in Denver gave cameras to people who can’t get enough to eat
Upworthy (Feb. 20, 2014)

Picturing hunger in America:
Breaking stereotypes and sharing stories, women use cameras to take aim at hunger

PBS NewsHour (Feb. 18, 2014)

Real-life hunger experts host “Hunger Through My Lens”
9News (Feb. 12, 2014)

Ag Committee has big appetite for McLachlan’s food measure
The Durango Herald (Feb. 10, 2014)

Hunger experts host “Hunger Through My Lens” 
The Denver Post YourHub (Feb. 10, 2014)

New Farm Bill, Douglas Blackmon
Rocky Mountain PBS (Feb. 7, 2014)

‘Hunger Through My Lens’ tackles poverty in a different way
Colorado Public Radio (Feb. 6, 2014)

Farm bill passes, will benefit Colorado farmers, counties
The Denver Post (Feb. 5, 2014)

Food stamp benefits shrink but Colorado has some good news on hunger
The Denver Post (Feb. 2, 2014)

‘Hunger Through My Lens’ exhibit to be at Colorado State Capitol (Jan. 31, 2014)

Food stamp assistance in Colorado has doubled since Great Recession
i-News at Rocky Mountain PBS (Jan. 24, 2014)

Cuts to food stamp program won’t affect Colorado
Colorado Public Radio (Jan. 30, 2014)

Hunger in Colorado
The Colorado Independent (Jan. 7, 2014)

Home and hungry for the holidays
U.S. News on NBC News (Dec. 24, 2013)

The ripple effect of hunger this holiday season
The Pueblo Chieftain (Dec. 11, 2013)

The ripple effect of hunger this holiday season and beyond
Glenwood Springs Post Independent (Dec. 9, 2013)

Ripple effect of hunger this holiday season and beyond
The Denver Post YourHub (Dec. 6, 2013)

The ripple effect of hunger this holiday season and beyond
Rifle Citizen Telegram (Dec. 5, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado: The ripple effect of hunger this holiday season and beyond
Pagosa Daily Post (Nov. 29, 2013)

Food stamp program changes lead to “staggering” increase in need
PBS NewsHour (Nov. 25, 2013)

State of Mind: SNAP benefit reduction and its impact on Colorado families
Colorado Rocky Mountain PBS (Nov. 15, 2013)

Lamm: In defense of SNAP
The Denver Post (Nov. 15, 2013)

Piden “mayor eficiencia” para mitigar los recortes en los cupones de comida
El Economista America (Nov. 1, 2013)

Stimulus ends slashing food aid
Cortez Journal (Nov. 7, 2013)

Piden “mayor eficiencia” para mitigar los recortes en los cupones de comida
(Nov. 1, 2013)

Coming food program cut will bring hunger, economic plan
The Colorado Independent (Oct. 31, 2013)

Se triplica en Colorado el número de familias con hambre pidiendo ayuda
EFE News (Oct. 29, 2013)

Se triplica en Colorado el número de familias con hambre pidiendo ayuda
MSN Latino (Oct. 29, 2013)

Hunger clock countdown: SNAP benefit reduction to affect 500,000 Coloradans
The Denver Post YourHub (Oct. 28, 2013)

Hunger clock countdown continues in Colorado
9News (Oct. 25, 2013)

Food banks dishing out more meals thanks to government shutdown
FOX 21 (Oct. 14, 2013)

Already stinging from sequestration, Coloradans fear more cuts
Al Jazeera America (Sept. 26, 2013)

Display puts hunger in the picture (Hunger Through My Lens)
Our Colorado News (Sept. 5, 2013)

Farm Bill: Milk, food prices could rise if Congress fails to act

The Denver Post (Aug. 28, 2013)

Sequestration Fallout: SNAP Cuts
Rocky Mountain PBS (Aug. 16, 2013)

Colorado Matters: Busting myths About food stamps
Colorado Public Radio (Aug. 9, 2013)

Denver photo exhibit showcases hunger through stories, photos of nine local women
The Denver Post’s YourHub (July 31, 2013)

Nine women share their stories, photos of everyday life with hunger
9NEWS (July 23, 2013)

Majority of Colorado House members vote to kill farm bill
The Denver Post (June 20, 2013)

Coloradans hold breath watching Washington wrangle over Farm Bill
The Colorado Independent (June 12, 2013)

Food stamp use doubles in Colorado
KUNC (June 11, 2013)

A Place at the Table: Q&A with director Kristi Johnson and Coloradan Leslie Nichols
Westword (Feb. 22, 2013)

Colorado’s hunger problem and A Place at the Table
Colorado Public Radio (Feb. 27, 2013)

Wellness: A Place at the Table
5280 The Denver Magazine (Feb. 27, 2013)

A problem affecting one in four kids and A Place at the Table
Babble (Feb. 15, 2013)

$5 a day SNAP challenge can open our eyes to poverty
The Coloradoan (Feb. 8, 2013)

Op-Ed: Lifeline for Colorado families
The Pueblo Chieftain (July 22, 2012)

Op-Ed: Food assistance program is a lifeline for families
The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (July 16, 2012)

Farm Bill: Part of Colorado’s Lifeline for Families, Economy
Public News Service (July 9, 2012)


Our programs

Help with food stamps doubles
The Durango Herald (Jan. 28, 2014)

Food truck dishes resources, assistance
The Westminster Window (Jan. 21, 2014)

Honk if You’re Fed Up with Hunger
GIVE magazine, The Denver Foundation (Fall 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado: Fighting Colorado’s hunger crisis
Confluence Denver (Oct. 26, 2013)

Fight hunger by donating from your garden
9NEWS (Sept. 28, 2013)

Food pantries team up with local gardeners
9NEWS (Sept. 6, 2013)

Big green bus fights hunger
Our Littleton News (Aug. 23, 2013)

New partnership increases fresh-food donations to food pantries

9NEWS (Aug. 8, 2013)

Grow Local Colorado: Produce for Pantries and o: Produce for
Dig in Colorado (Aug. 7, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado helps with SNAP

The Pagosa Springs Sun (July 20, 2013)

Denver Human Services and Hunger Free Colorado launch on-site benefits issuance on Your Neighborhood Food Truck
The Denver Post’s YourHub (July 11, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado launches new kind of food truck
9NEWS (May 17, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado launches Your Neighborhood Food Truck
The Denver Post’s YourHub (May 17, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado launches new kind of food truck for Colorado’s hungry (May 13, 2013)

New type of food truck cruising Denver, offering help to the hungry
The Denver Post (May 13, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado unveils Your Neighborhood Food Truck
CBS4 Denver (May 7, 2013)

A new kind of food truck comes to Denver
9NEWS (May 7, 2013)

Hunger Free Hotline helps you find food
Mile High on the Cheap (Dec. 4, 2012)

Food assistance hotline offers help and hope
9NEWS (Nov. 2, 2012)

Hunger Free Hotline on Make a Difference Day
9NEWS (Oct. 27, 2012)

Help for hunger in Colorado, including the Hunger Free Hotline
9NEWS (Oct. 24, 2012)

Hunger Free Hotline helps Coloradans find food assistance
9NEWS (Aug. 9, 2012)


Other stories

Nonprofit cafe helps feed the hungry
9News (April 15, 2014)

Colorado’s top thinkers of 2013
The Denver Post (Feb. 14, 2104)

FoCo Cafe – pay a little, or not at all
Collegian Central (Jan. 27, 2014)

One inspiring seven-year-old’s big impact this holiday season
Babble (Dec. 13, 2013)

Second-grader raises $750 to support Hunger Free Colorado this holiday season
9News  (Dec. 12, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado awarded $600k in grants
Denver Post YourHub  (Dec. 10, 2013)

Expertos en lucha contra hambre piden soluciones creativas frente a recortes
Fox News Latino (Oct. 1, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado Summit on Oct. 1
9NEWS (Sept. 18, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado awarded grants to launch Hunger Through My Lens
Denver Post YourHub (Aug. 8, 2013)

New members appointed to Hunger Free Colorado board of directors
Denver Post YourHub (Aug. 5, 2013)

National Jewish Health receives $3.5M grant to help primary care providers improve weight management programs
Wall Street Journal (July 15, 2013)

Twelve ways to get started making an impact in your community (March 23, 2013)

Hunger Free Colorado awarded $25K grant to further anti-hunger efforts in state
The Denver Post’s YourHub (Feb. 25, 2013)

A New Year’s resolution: End hunger in Colorado
9NEWS (Jan.8, 2013)

Make a New Year’s resolution to be a part of the solution to end hunger in Colorado
The Denver Post’s Your Hub (Dec. 28, 2012)

Get Involved: Hunger Free Colorado
5280: The Denver Magazine (Dec. 6, 2012)

Hunger Free Colorado awarded $10,000 philanthropy award from Bank of the West
The Denver Post’s Your Hub (Nov. 20, 2012)

Hunger Free Colorado one of only three finalists nationwide vying for $50,000 philanthropy award
The Denver Post’s YourHub (Oct. 26, 2012)

Be a part of the solution to end hunger
9NEWS (Oct. 2, 2012)

On Philanthropy: Nonprofit of the month
The Denver Post column (Aug. 19, 2012)

Ending Hunger through Citizen Service conference, Aug. 6
The Denver Post’s Your Hub (July 26, 2012)

Party at Pandora tonight to help end hunger
Westword blog (June 28, 2012)