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Zornio: Keep giving thanks by donating food year round to the 33% of Coloradans facing hunger

With Thanksgiving dinner in the rearview mirror, many of us are still feasting on leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. It’s a luxury we rarely appreciate, yet for one third of Coloradans the ability to find nutritious food on a regular basis is hardly a given. Food insecurity in America is far more widespread than […]

Posted inEducation, Equity, Health, News

How programs across Colorado aim to end “period poverty” with free tampons and pads

As the new school term begins at Denver Public Schools, students who menstruate may be surprised to find new additions near the paper towels and soap in girls’, all-gender and teacher restrooms: free tampons and menstrual pads. While many private and public schools in the state have tampons and pads available for sale in restrooms, […]

Posted inEducation, News

Kids aren’t getting school lunches as they learn from home. A plan will get money for missed meals to Colorado families.

Only half of Colorado students eligible for pandemic-related food assistance actually got money set aside for them last school year. Now the same program has been extended and Colorado’s education and human services departments are working double-time to reach more kids who missed meals because the coronavirus upset school schedules.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, News

Schools teach and feed students. As hunger rises, Colorado is racing to ensure kids eat this summer.

Many Colorado students are hungry to return to their classrooms and resume some sense of normalcy after almost a year of coping with the pandemic. And many of those students are just plain hungry. It’s a reality that Erin Ulric struggles to put into words, and she knows that, come summer, the number of children […]

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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 […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, News, Politics and Government

Colorado made kindergarten a priority. But when it comes to four-day school weeks, lawmakers don’t see a problem.

Back when he was a school teacher on the Eastern Plains, Frank Reeves was no fan of four-day school weeks. “I fought it and fought it,” Reeves said. But now that he’s the superintendent of the East Grand School District in Granby, Reeves said, “I just don’t see a difference” academically. There’s no question something […]