As a member of the Steering Committee for the Blueprint to End Hunger, Share Our Strength Colorado is proud to share the release of the Blueprint to End Hunger.
This five-year plan was created by nonprofit and government agencies from across the state, with funding from the Colorado Health Foundation.
One in six children struggle with hunger in Colorado. State Director for Share Our Strength Colorado and Steering Member for the Blueprint to End Hunger, Kelleen Zubick says, “Cooperative, collective effort is critical to decreasing hunger.”
The plan focuses on increasing access to food for low-income Coloradans. This includes maximizing enrollment in the programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Woman, Infants and Children Food and Nutrition Service (WIC), which focuses on mothers, infants, and children aged five or younger.
One of the central goals of the plan is increasing access to nutritious food. Adding nutrition education opportunities is a strategy identified in the plan to do so. The report states, “Nutrition education can be a lifeline for families struggling with hunger. By learning shopping, cooking and nutrition skills, families can more effectively stretch food budgets to purchase and prepare healthy meals.”
Participating organizations are still developing steps for this work to fulfill the challenging but critical goal of ending hunger in Colorado.
Zubick reflects, “This promise of renewed statewide, collective effort in solving hunger is in part built on your efforts and successes to date. I hope that the [report] will serve as a source of pride, inspiration, and as a resource.”