Blueprint to End Hunger launched
This week, a broad collection of advocates, including the Colorado Health Foundation, launched the largest effort to eradicate hunger in Colorado history. Despite Colorado’s national reputation as a healthy state, hunger remains a reality for too many Coloradans. 1 in 10 Coloradans go hungry and 1 in 6 Colorado kids do not always know where or when they will get their next meal, but this is a solvable problem. The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger outlines a five-year strategy to end hunger for all Coloradans by building on past successes and employing innovations in current hunger-relief programs. The launch event reminded advocates improving access to food is a three legged stool – food must be available, affordable and healthy. The event also included several excited mentions about Senate Bill 18-013, Improving Access to Affordable School Lunch. The Children’s Campaign is leading the coalition to support this bill.
Key elements of the strategy include efforts to maximize enrollment in both the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which supports people with low incomes, and the Woman, Infants and Children Food and Nutrition Service (WIC), which focuses on mothers and their children under the age of 5. Read the Blueprint and visit EndHungerCO.org to learn more.