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How many people in Colorado struggle with hunger?

Nearly one in ten Coloradans struggle to get enough to eat, according to Hunger Free Colorado.

Ellie Agar, Communication Director with Hunger Free Colorado, says hunger affects more people than most realize.

According to the organization, nearly one in ten Coloradans struggle to get enough to eat. This includes about one in seven children.

Many of these children lose access to the breakfast and lunch programs they get through school during summer months. Agar says this means they are also often losing out on proper nutrition.

But, Agar says there are a lot of ways we can all help.

One of these is the 9Cares Colorado Shares summer food drive, coming up this Saturday.

From 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. you can drop off non-perishable food and toiletries at 9NEWS or at one of several remote locations.

MORE | 9Cares Summer Drive coming up on June 9

Agar also suggests volunteering, talking about hunger in your family and contacting legislators about solutions.

If you need help, Hunger Free Colorado has a Hotline that will help connect you to resources in your area. Call 855-855-4626 to find out about free, healthy meals for teens, local food pantries and nutrition programs. All calls are confidential. They are open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.