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Food swaps, a brother who can’t taste and more stories of a coronavirus Thanksgiving in Colorado

Thanksgiving 2020, like so many other mileposts this year, is a heartbreaker.  On a holiday defined by togetherness and feasts, the deadly persistence of a pandemic has scaled down this warmest of American traditions to small, sometimes solitary observances on the advice of cold, hard science.  Colorado’s timing couldn’t have been worse. We saved our […]

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Record unemployment is leading to unprecedented food insecurity in Colorado

Mothers in Parachute cannot find formula to feed their babies. Isolated residents near Fairplay lack access to food. Unhoused people quarantined in a Denver motel need all meals brought to them. Migrant workers in Pueblo are without rice and beans. With unemployment about 30 times higher than the Great Recession’s peak— 231,610 initial claims were filed with […]

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At a time they’re needed most, Colorado food banks brace for fewer volunteers, shutdown of smaller pantries amid coronavirus fears

Inside the cavernous Denver warehouse, Laura Helmkamp guided a pallet mover through aisles stacked high with packaged food, pulling select goods that very soon would find their way to hungry Coloradans. She’d taken a half-day from her job as a statistician at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Campus to volunteer at Food Bank of the […]

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Colorado wants to ensure coronavirus won’t affect low-income, minority communities disproportionately

Pandemics come for us all in equal measure, right? Aren’t we all equally vulnerable? Not exactly. As the first cases of coronavirus arrive in the state, Colorado health and social services officials say they are striving to make sure lower-income residents and people of color are not disproportionately impacted by the illness and potential economic […]