A new kind of food truck will be visiting Denver neighborhoods, one that does not serve Barbeque, pastries and is much different than your average catering truck on the jobsite. On May 7th “Your Neighborhood Food Truck” was unveiled, which took Hunger Free Colorado a year to accomplish with support from Share Our Strength Colorado and the Office of Economic Development.
Present at the unveiling were; Governor John Kickenlooper, The Denver Healthy Food Task Force, Denver Human Services, the USDA, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Share Our Strength and the Office of Economic Development, at an event held at Denver Health’s Gipson Eastside Family Health Center in the Five Points neighborhood
This truck is the result of statistics showing that over 800,000 Coloradoans are at risk for hunger with the inability to obtain the food necessary for even the most basic nutritional need. “Your Neighborhood Food Truck” is the brainchild of Hunger Free Colorado. This truck will be helping Hunger Free Colorado get information to the neighborhoods of the Denver Metro Area toting around computers and information on support programs which will help those in need. Individuals and families will be able to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and get information on nearby food pantries and programs.
The following are comments made by directors of each of the agencies and organizations involved with making this program possible for the hungry in our communities;
Paul Washington, Executive Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development: “We’re proud to pledge our federal community development dollars toward increasing healthy food access throughout our neighborhoods, and additionally, by boosting SNAP enrollments, we look forward to bringing a significant level of new federal assistance funds to circulate through our local economy.”
Summer Gathercole, Colorado Director of Share Our Strength: “At Share Our Strength, we’re committed to ending childhood hunger by increasing access to programs like SNAP and by teaching families how to cook healthy and affordable meals, and we’re grateful that this mobile unit will give more families access to SNAP benefits.”
Reggie Bicha, Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Human Services “Current economic conditions have resulted in a record number of Colorado families living in poverty and a service such as this eliminates barriers for our neighbors who are struggling with hunger—from children to seniors.”
And the final comments were made by Finally comments by Kathy Underhill, Executive Director of Hunger Free Colorado: “SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger, a safety-net for those struggling to get by, yet only 51 percent of eligible Coloradans participate in this vital public health program and your Neighborhood Food Truck is designed to simplify the SNAP application process and referrals by providing resources and guidance from trained staff and volunteers. It’s a proactive way to reach families and individuals throughout our community who are experiencing hunger and who are unaware of local assistance options or unable to access services due to limited transportation.”
The truck will be visiting many locations throughout the city and county of Denver to include; Grocery Stores, Community Events, recreation centers and clinics. So be sure to check the calendar by clicking here or visiting Hunger Free Colorado’s website at: www.HungerFreeColorado.org.
About Hunger Free Colorado
Hunger Free Colorado was established from a merger of the Colorado Anti-Hunger Network and the Colorado Food Bank Association to create a unified voice against hunger in Colorado. Launched in 2009, the nonprofit organization seeks innovative solutions to the state’s hunger challenges by leveraging the power of collaboration, system change, policy change and social change.
Learn more about Hunger Free Colorado by clicking here or visiting: www.HungerFreeColorado.org.