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FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS AND TEENS

Every summer, hundreds of community sites across Colorado offer nutritious meals at no cost to children and teens. Many summer food sites also offer engaging activities to ensure kids have fun while also getting needed nutrition.

Colorado families can find nearby summer food sites by using the online, interactive map at KidsFoodFinder.org, or by calling Hunger Free Colorado’s statewide food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626. Share this information with others in your community, so more Colorado kids can access healthy meals when school is not in session!

STATE LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP

The 71st General Assembly has come to a close and there have been multiple successes over these last five months. We at Hunger Free Colorado want to update you on some of the bills that will most impact hunger in Colorado in the years ahead.

One great improvement was a trio of bills, led by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, focused on improving Medicaid client correspondence all passed and were signed into law. Hunger Free Colorado supported and testified in favor of these bills, as Medicaid improvements to the state benefit management system will ultimately improve correspondence for programs such as food stamps.

THE LINK BETWEEN HEALTH AND HUNGER

Dr. David Merchant, a clinical medical director based in Fort Collins, recently penned an op-ed for The Coloradoan. Here’s an excerpt:

“As a father and a physician, I recognize that few things are more important than the ability to put nutritious food on the table. The link between health and hunger is undeniable and when families have access to healthy food, babies develop, children excel in school, the risk of chronic disease is lessened and older adults remain stable and independent in their homes.

WIC SHOPPER APP RELEASED

Colorado launched its WICShopper mobile app for iOS or Android to make purchasing WIC-eligible foods easier. Clients of WIC, The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, can now view their benefit balance from their smartphone.

They can also use the app to locate WIC-authorized stores in Colorado or scan a project bar code while shopping to see if the item is on the WIC-approved list.

Additional app benefits include the ability to download recipes, complete nutrition education and receive recall alerts.