Ensuring No Colorado Child Goes Hungry
Hunger is an issue that affects our children’s well-being and education, as well as the health of our communities and state. But, by working together, it can be eradicated. That’s why former Governor Bill Ritter and current Governor John W. Hickenlooper issued Executive Orders for the Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, a statewide, public-private partnership between the Governor’s office, Hunger Free Colorado and Share Our Strength to ensure all children have access to nutritious food at home, in school and in their communities.
Since its launch in November 2009, substantial progress has been made toward achieving the 10 goals set forth in the Campaign’s five-year plan by increasing awareness, expanding programs and services, and creating systemic and policy changes, all to help children thrive. (See below for Campaign highlights.)
These accomplishments were only possible due to the commitment and action of organizations and communities across Colorado—state and county government agencies; foundations; municipalities; nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations; schools and school districts; corporations and local businesses; and countless community members. Each rallied behind a shared vision and plan to implement viable solutions and remove roadblocks to access. Due to the power of collaboration and partnership, we have created a better future for all Colorado children.
The Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger not only brought much-needed attention to child hunger in Colorado, but it showed that, when people work together, positive changes are possible and can have lasting impacts that fuel better, healthier lives and a stronger, thriving state.
Thanks to all who contributed to the Campaign’s success, more children now have sustainable access to needed nutrition.
Want to get involved? Find out ways to take action to end hunger for all Coloradans.
The Campaign’s Five-Year Plan
- Provide children access to healthy meals during the summer
- Ensure that all children have access to a nutritious breakfast
- Support families with the ability to purchase and acquire food to prepare at home
- Ensure the nutrition and health of pregnant and postpartum women, infants and young children
- Support child care providers’ ability to provide healthy meals and snacks
- Help after-school programs provide children with good nutrition and healthy snacks
- Encourage children and families to make healthy food choices through nutrition education
- Ensure access to high-quality nutritious food in low-income communities and schools
- Ensure families can access food from food banks and food pantries
- Improve the economic security of working families
For more details on the Campaign and its goals, read the five-year plan.
Since its launch in November 2009, the Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger not only achieved but exceeded many of the 10 goals set forth in the five-year plan. Thanks to those involved, our state continues to make significant progress in ensuring all Colorado children have access to nutritious food at home, in school and in their communities. Download a copy of the Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger celebration fact sheet.
Here are some of the key accomplishments:
i Colorado Department of Education, Summer Food Service Program data
ii Colorado Department of Education, School Breakfast Program data
iii Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CACFP data
iv Colorado Department of Human Services, SNAP participation data
v Feeding Colorado, produce distribution data
vi Share Our Strength, Cooking Matters Colorado data