Share Our Strength Colorado works to protect the federal nutrition assistance and nutrition education programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed).
The current five-year bill expires September 30, 2018. Leading up to the Congressional hearings and markup of the Farm Bill, Share Our Strength Colorado plans to create awareness among Coloradans and congressional representatives that SNAP and SNAP-Ed are among the most powerful tools for ending hunger, which affects nearly 250,000 Colorado kids.
SNAP helps 41 million people in the US each month from going hungry and serves as a critical economic pillar for lower income urban and rural communities.
SNAP-Ed is an essential tool for empowering people using or eligible for SNAP with the motivation, skills, knowledge, and environments to support healthy eating and food resource stewardship on a limited budget. SNAP-Ed helps families stretch their benefits farther and can reduce the number of days they face food insecurity each month. SNAP-Ed is tied in statute to SNAP itself, thereby assuring that it complements SNAP activities.
Check out these resources if you would like to learn more about these programs and how you can help protect SNAP and SNAP-Ed.
Colorado Blueprint to End Childhood Hunger – The five-year plan was created by nonprofit and government agencies from across the state and outlines data about SNAP and SNAP-Ed in Colorado. Cooking Matters Colorado is a Steering Committee member and named as a central nutrition education program.
County Impact Reports – Each year Hunger Free Colorado releases a set of reports detailing the portion of eligible Colorado residents enrolled in SNAP. Includes data points about SNAP in Colorado.
Feeding America – Offers food insecurity stats by county and congressional district.
Colorado Fact Sheet – An overview of SNAP and the people who receive food assistance in our state.
No Kid Hungry Advocacy Resources – Contains more data about SNAP and more ways to get involved.