Everyone is at their best when they have enough to eat, but there are many life storms that make it difficult for Coloradans to afford healthy food.
Having enough food supports the foundation for optimal health and well-being throughout our lifecycle. Nutritious food helps babies develop, gives kids the energy to excel in school, reduces the risk of chronic diseases in adults, and keeps seniors stable and independent.
Yet, in tens of thousands of homes across the state, our neighbors strive for a brighter future but struggle to make ends meet, whether due to a minimum-wage job, health issue, job loss or another misfortune. Parents go without to feed their children. Too many kids start the school day hungry, unable to focus on learning. And, after a lifetime of working, Colorado seniors are left to fend for themselves and face the question: Do I buy needed medication or food?
Hunger is a serious—and often invisible—problem in Colorado, but it is solvable.
Federal nutrition programs, along with state and local counterparts, play an important role in connecting people of all ages, backgrounds and zip codes to needed food. By working together and supporting people throughout their lives, we can ensure everyone reaches their potential, which benefits all of us.
Hunger Free Colorado leads efforts to connect families and individuals to food resources and fuel change in systems, policies and social views, so no Coloradan goes hungry.
The nonprofit organization was founded in 2009 from a merger of the Colorado Anti-Hunger Network and the Colorado Food Bank Association, with funding support from The Denver Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Hunger Free Colorado brings a unified, statewide voice to the issue and solutions surrounding hunger, with a goal to ensure all Coloradans have access to affordable, nutritious food.
Hunger Free Colorado connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger.
Every Coloradan has equitable access to the nutritious food needed to thrive and reach their full potential.
Hunger is solvable, unnecessary and unjust, and it impacts everyone living in Colorado.
Innovation: Envisioning and leading change for improved solutions
Collaboration: Working together to leverage expertise, resources and perspectives
Respect: Treating all with dignity and empathy
Impact: Strategically focusing entergy and resources to create positive, sustainable results
Equity: Just and fair inclusion in a community in which all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential
Agency: Cultivating an environment for advocacy and self-determination