But Hunger Free Colorado cannot end hunger in the state without community support.
Consider making your New Year's resolution to be a part of the solution. You can help more than 800,000 Coloradans-from children to seniors-who are at risk of hunger right now.
- Be a champion for the issue and solutions surrounding hunger. Arm yourself with information so you can help raise awareness about hunger in Colorado as well as the solutions to solve it. Talk to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Share hunger facts and stories. Ask them to get involved.
- Take the SNAP Challenge. Live on $4.56 per day for one week-the weekly allowance for the average Coloradan receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-like other hunger-free champions. Share your experience with Hunger Free Colorado and others. Write a guest blog post about the challenge, and then continue the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
- Become an advocate and contact your member of Congress. Urge your representatives to support legislation that helps-not hurts-families and individuals struggling with hunger.
- Volunteer your time in the fight against hunger. Anti-hunger organizations across the state need volunteer support throughout the year, including Hunger Free Colorado. Use your free time to make a difference in someone's life.
- Share the Hunger Free Hotline with those who may need food assistance. If someone you know needs help, please encourage them to call the confidential hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626. The multilingual, statewide resource assists people in locating both public and private food assistance programs in Colorado.
- Teach your children that healthy food matters. Cook a meal with your child and explain that not all families in Colorado have access to nutritious food.
- Have a hunger expert speak to your group. Invite a representative from Hunger Free Colorado or another anti-hunger organization to speak to your community group, church, civic organization or company. They can share stories and insights as well as how organizations are addressing hunger through social change, policy change and system change.
- Pack your own lunch and make a donation instead. If you usually buy lunch, brown bag it for a few days throughout the year and donate the money that you would have spent to Hunger Free Colorado or another local anti-hunger organization.
For more information on Hunger Free Colorado, the issue of hunger in the state and how you can get involved, visit www.hungerfreecolorado.org
Written by Michelle Ray, director of communications for Hunger Free Colorado. Photo credit to volunteer, Jason Knowles.
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