NEW POLL: COLORADO VOTERS CARE ABOUT HUNGER
According to a new statewide voter poll from Hunger Free Colorado, there is overwhelming, widespread support to address hunger and fund programs like food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.
Hunger remains an important issue, and Colorado voters believe more should be done by the government. Not only are voters willing to invest in an efficient, effective government, but they want taxpayer dollars to solve real problems and support Coloradans who are trying to weather one of life’s unexpected storms.
HUNGER THROUGH MY LENS & ADVOCACY
Hunger Through My Lens participants Elia, Tasha and Susan traveled from Lamar to Denver for “Hungry for Change: Day at the Capitol” in February to share their photos and stories about hunger’s impact on their lives and their community out on the plains of Southeastern Colorado. Now they’re sharing their experience during and after the advocacy day.
“The concept is powerful; it left us with some incredibly powerful images on the harsh reality of the lives of those battling hunger in our community,” said Tasha. “The project, however, has also helped us in putting the power back in the hands of the people, helping them connect to food and other resources that are available in Prowers County,” she added.
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.
NEW FOOD STAMP IMPACT REPORTS RELEASED
One year after the release of the first-ever Food Stamp Impact Reports, Colorado counties have measurably improved enrollment for eligible residents, but Colorado still ranks 45th nationally for access in the program.
Our new reports detail the efficiency and effectiveness of the state-supervised, county-administered program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. View the new data and proposed solutions to continue the positive momentum.