Cooking Matters Colorado Receives $10,000 Grant from The Bellco Foundation
DENVER, Colorado, January 7, 2018 – Cooking Matters Colorado is excited to receive a $10,000 grant from The Bellco Foundation to support the mission to help end childhood hunger in Colorado by inspiring low-income families to make healthy food choices. The funds will be used to empower low-income parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 to shop for and cook healthy, affordable meals.
“A child at risk of hunger is a child at risk of a future,” said Kelleen Zubick, State Director of Cooking Matters Colorado. “When kids have access to healthy meals, they are overall healthier, they succeed in school and they are more likely to break the cycle of poverty. We thank The Bellco Foundation for helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of children throughout Colorado.”
By improving access to healthy, affordable meals for low-income families, Cooking Matters is helping end hunger, especially for kids too young to attend school. When kids eat good food, they’re stronger and healthier. But shopping and cooking healthy is tough, especially for families struggling with limited food budgets. That’s where Cooking Matters comes in.
Bellco Credit Union, with 25 branches in Colorado, believes strongly in giving back to the communities where its members and employees live and work. Supporting the needs of at-risk children and their families is one of Bellco’s philanthropic priorities.
“We are proud to support Cooking Matters’ work to educate families on how to find and prepare healthy meals on a budget,” said Candice Aragon, Vice President of Marketing at Bellco. “So many Colorado families struggle to make ends meet, which means nutrition is sometimes low on the priority list. We know that a child’s nutrition affects his or her ability to learn, so by helping families shop and cook healthier meals, Cooking Matters is ultimately helping to build stronger, more educated communities in our state.”
Cooking Matters serves over 10,000 families each year with the help of 650 volunteers. A long-term study showed that after courses, families reported only “rarely” running out of food before the end of the month, compared to “sometimes,” as reported before a course.