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FOOD STAMP RULE CHANGES HELP COLORADANS

More Coloradans who are facing difficult life circumstances and financial challenges will be able to maintain their food stamp benefits under a recent set of rule changes unanimously approved by Colorado’s State Board of Human Services.

The new rules went into effect on October 1, 2017. They will save taxpayer money and help tens of thousands of Coloradans continue purchasing needed groceries while they weather one of life’s storms.

USDA REPORT ON HUNGER

A new report released by the USDA revealed a slight decline in food insecurity — described as not knowing when or where you will get your next meal — among U.S. households, dropping from 12.7 percent to 12.3 percent. For Colorado, the 2014-2016 average was 10.3 percent, lower than the national average.

While the overall rate has decreased, not all populations experienced a decline in hunger. The rate actually worsened for black households. Additionally, rural areas are experiencing considerably deeper struggles with hunger compared to those in metro areas.

Even with the overall improvements, there still remains much work to be done if we want to ensure no one goes hungry in Colorado and across the nation.

8 YEARS CLOSER TO A HUNGER-FREE COLORADO

It has been eight years since Hunger Free Colorado began with a box of files, merger documents and the beginnings of a plan. What it lacked in resources, it made up for in champions.

Now, eight years later, our organization has grown in staff and impact, as we continue to fuel change in systems, policies, and social views, so everyone can access the food needed to thrive and reach their full potential. In recognition of our 8th anniversary, read about the eight accomplishments that have moved our work forward.

WE STAND WITH ALL COLORADANS, NO MATTER WHERE THEY WERE BORN

Last month, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Such executive action directly impacts the health and well-being of many individuals and families in Colorado, who now could face an uncertain future and may be hesitant to seek out assistance.

Hunger Free Colorado remains committed to connecting families and individuals to food resources, regardless of immigration status, national origin, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, background, or zip code. Everyone should have the fuel needed to prosper and reach their full potential, which is why we stand with all Coloradans, no matter where they were born.

Anyone in Colorado can call our confidential and bilingual food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626.