RELIVE THE HUNGRY FOR CHANGE SUMMIT
Nearly 200 community leaders and advocates gathered on Sept. 27 for a full day of sharing best practices, exploring innovative approaches to overcome barriers, and fostering even more collaboration to ensure no Coloradan goes hungry.
The day’s themes included equity, community engagement, and collaboration. Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO for the Center of Global Policy Solutions, gave a powerful keynote address on the intersection of racial injustice and hunger, starting with this question: “What do you do when the system you live in is not designed for YOU?”
Watch the live-streamed sessions, access presentations and resources, view photos, and more!
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Last month, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.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.