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Opinion: The cost of a lunch should not stand in the way of Colorado schoolchildren

I have two children, age 9 and 5, in the Pueblo School District, and I’m worried I’m going to need to find more than $100 a month to pay for their school lunches. That’s because their access to free meals through federal child-nutrition programs is under threat. When federal pandemic support expires at the end […]

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Coronavirus has spoiled Colorado schools’ decade of planning to improve nutrition, get kids exercising

In Colorado Springs, gym teachers are shooting videos of their own kids making jump ropes out of plastic grocery bags.  All across the state, kids are growing weary of pancakes on a stick and calorie-packed Uncrustables PB&Js.  In Denver, high schoolers are wondering how to get their PE graduation requirements in a pandemic year when […]

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Meals on Wheels is still delivering in western Colorado — but without the side of conversation

Ninety-year-old Rose Konola misses the conversations she used to have with Meals on Wheels volunteers who bring hot lunches to her home four days a week. COVID-19 has changed the way the Mesa County chapter of the program provides meals to the elderly. While crucial to ensuring the safety of both clients and drivers, the necessary distancing […]

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Colorado’s newest farmers are YouTube-taught, social justice-minded and preaching the gospel of microgreens

BENNETT — A fire smolders in a metal barrel laid on its side, a makeshift fireplace warding off the late-afternoon chill and lending a wood-smoke aroma to the farm’s open-air “hangout spot.” A tea kettle balances on top. The Emerald Gardens farm, rising bit by bit on 35 acres north of town, has a rustic, […]