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Check this page for the most up-to-date advocacy alerts and ways you can help us reach out to our elected officials and unite for our neighbors facing hunger.
Hungry Children Can’t Wait While Congress Debates
Congress has been promising to pass a new Child Nutrition Reauthorization for more than a year and plans to once again postpone making any decisions until after the election. Please urge your U.S. Senators and Representatives to prioritize the reauthorization of a child nutrition bill that protects and strengthens the child nutrition programs.
Contact Your Members of Congress
Contact Congress through Feeding America’s hotline:
- Call the advocacy hotline at (888) 398-8702
- Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
- Connect to your Representative first.
- Once you are connected to your Representative, state that you are a constituent and give your name and your hometown. Be sure to give the name of the food bank or local agency you are affiliated with as well.
- Let them know why you are calling and deliver your message.
- Dial back in to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
- Recruit others by spreading the word through your social media channels and share our posts for call-in day so others can help too.
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Key hunger facts
Who Are The Hungry?
- Children make up about half of the clients served through Food Bank of the Rockies.
- 14% of clients are seniors, age 60+
- 31% are White, 18% are Black/African American, 38% are Hispanic/Latino , 13% identify as some other race
- 23% did not graduate high school or obtain a GED, 45% have a GED or HS Diploma, 25% have education beyond a high school diploma/GED and 7% have a 4-year college degree or higher
- 10% are living in temporary housing
- 10% do not have access to cooking facilities or refrigeration
- 37% of households had a member working for pay in the last four weeks, 63% had a person working for pay in the last 12 months
- 19% are grandparents who have responsibility for grandchildren who live with them
- 21% have a household member who has served or is serving in the US military
- 20% are in poor health
- 93% have incomes less than $30K/year, 48% have incomes of $10K/year or less
- 70% have incomes at or below the poverty level
- 61% choose between medicine and food
- 65% choose between mortgage/rent and food
- 68% choose between transportation and food
- 72% choose between utilities and food
Hunger and Poverty in Colorado
- 18.1% of Colorado children live in poverty and 8% are living in extreme poverty. (coloradokids.org – 2014)
- 39% of Colorado children live in households with incomes less than 200% of poverty. (coloradokids.org – 2014)
- Poverty in Colorado has increased since 2001. The total poverty rate in Colorado increased from 9.6% in 2001 to 12.9% in 2012. Furthermore, Colorado’s child poverty rate increased from 12.2% in 2001 to 18.1% in 2012.
- 7% of Colorado seniors live below 100% of poverty and 28% live below 200% of poverty.
- Denver’s Road Home Point in Time Study 2013
- Kids Count Report 2016
- USDA Food Insecurity Report 2011 – 2013
- QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau
- Feeding America
- Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
- The Colorado Children’s Campaign
- Colorado Center on Law and Policy and Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute
- Piton Foundation
- U.S. Census
- USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension service
- USDA Economic Research Service