Hunger Free Colorado Launches Summer Food Outreach
Hunger Free Colorado, the new organization formed a partnership between the Colorado Food Bank Association and the Colorado Anti-Hunger Network, is hard at work on the Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in Colorado. With its partners, Share Our Strength Governor Bill Ritter’s administration, Hunger Free Colorado is improving the availability of food for low-income children during the summer months.
“For many Colorado residents, a free school lunch is a cornerstone of the family’s budget,” says Oz Spies, Denver Foundation Program Officer. “When school is out for the summer, it’s critical that we help them find a way to fill that gap.”
The federal government provides dollars for summer food programs. Through the Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, the number of summer food sites in the state has increased dramatically in 2010. In addition, Hunger Free Colorado is providing an on-line location-finder at www.summerfoodcolorado.org and bilingual operators at a toll-free number.
The Campaign’s goal is to expand the number of children and teens who receive meals over the summer by 10,000 this year, while working to end childhood hunger in Colorado by 2015.