FORT COLLINS - One in six Colorado kids lived in poverty in 2012, which amounts to 224,000 kids and teens under 18, according to Hunger Free Colorado.
Summer break is just a couple of months away, and many parents rely on summer food programs for their children. Most schools are in the process of applying to the Colorado Department of Education to have those programs back in the community.
Most school districts will know by May if they've been approved or not. Visit kidsfoodfinder.org to find a location nearby that offers the free meals to children.
CAFE HELPS FAMILIES
More than 20 percent Colorado families struggled to put food on table for their family in 2012. Between food stamps and food kitchens, there's another way for people to eat.
SAME Café in Denver has been open for eight years. It's the first nonprofit restaurant in the city. SAME stands for So All May Eat. It's a community café serving a variety of dishes. All the food is locally grown and produced.
The concept is simple: Anyone and everyone can go to this café. It's not a soup kitchen. It's not a shelter. It's a real café that's donation driven. You pay whatever you can for your meal.
The money goes right back into feeding the hungry in our community. Whether it's 25 cents or $20, you give what you can give. This café has been so successful, a Fort Collins couple is now opening up one in northern Colorado this summer. It's called FOCO café and will have the same concept. Just like SAME café, it will be a nonprofit restaurant serving people in that community.
FOCO café is asking for help. They need donated items to fully run their restaurant once it opens in August. Everything from china to utensils. Call Jeff at 309-368-1659 if you'd like to help or log onto their website to find out more information: http://fococafe.org/.
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