GOALS AND STRATEGIES


GOAL 1:

Increase public understanding and awareness that solving hunger is vital to the health and well-being of all individuals and families, the Colorado economy and every local community.

 

 Where we need to go:

  • Create public and political will to end hunger through varied and relevant messaging and widespread engagement.
  • Elevate the public understanding of food security as it relates to positive health and mental health outcomes, early childhood development, school readiness, economic stability, health equity and overall well-being.

How we get there:

  • Develop evidence-based marketing campaigns and education initiatives to elevate hunger as a solvable goal in every community. Highlight the public health, education and economic benefits of nutrition programs.
  • Promote community-driven practices to understand barriers to and increase support for accessing food programs, implementing systems change and reducing stigma.
  • Provide concrete opportunities for all sectors, industries and individuals to engage in efforts to end hunger in Colorado. Target audiences include state and local governments, elected officials, policymakers, health care systems, businesses, nonprofits, schools, local farmers, advocates, community organizers and consumers.
  • Deepen Coloradans resolve for policy solutions to end hunger.
  • Ensure that the economic and health impacts of hunger and food access are integrated into community development and local and regional planning efforts.

GOAL 2:

Increase the number of Coloradans who can access affordable, nutritious food in their communities.

 

Where we need to go:

  • Ensure all Coloradans can easily access affordable, healthy and nutritious food in every neighborhood and community throughout Colorado.

How we get there:

  • Build upon successful, statewide delivery systems to increase the amount of and access to nutritious, fresh foods in all communities.
  • Ensure statewide accessibility to healthy foods by increasing the number of stores that accept SNAP and WIC benefits.
  • Expand investment efforts and increase availability of flexible funding and financing for agriculture and fresh food retail options to support nutritious food access in underserved communities statewide (e.g., Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund).
  • Strengthen partnerships to increase commitment to local and regional food systems to meet the food needs of all Coloradans.
  • Enhance healthy food incentives (e.g., SNAP Double Up Bucks, WIC Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Benefit increases) at farmers markets, farm stands, community-supported agriculture sites, and large and small grocery stores across the state to increase access to Colorado-grown produce.
  • Integrate nutrition education opportunities where Coloradans access food.

GOAL 3:

Increase the number of Coloradans who can access food assistance and nutritious food through community-based organizations.

 

Where we need to go:

  • Ensure all Coloradans can access food assistance and nutritious food when needed through community-based food banks and food pantries.
  • Ensure that information regarding community-based food assistance and food programs is easily accessible to and informed by consumers and community stakeholders.

How we get there:

  • Strengthen the capacity and efficiency of local food banks and food pantries to reach underserved Coloradans through additional funding and purchasing power.
  • Engage people in local communities to develop local solutions to increasing access.
  • Increase local collaboration for coordinated and comprehensive solutions, building on the current, successful Feeding Colorado and food pantry distribution systems statewide.
  • Increase partnerships between prepared food–producing entities (e.g., hospitals, universities, schools, senior centers and restaurants) and nonprofit food distribution sites to increase available food.
  • Improve and extend current state tax incentives to local farmers who donate food by simplifying the tax credit process.
  • Maximize transportation supports and sustainable community access points to reduce food access barriers in underserved communities.
  • Promote community- and consumer-driven models that effectively connect people with nutritious food resources and integrates their leadership into policy and systems improvements.
  • Maximize access to prepared meals by older adults and those with disabilities through enhancing congregate and home-delivered meal programs.

GOAL 4:

Maximize SNAP and WIC enrollment to propel Colorado to become a leading state for enrollment in these health and nutrition benefit programs.

 

Where we need to go:

  • Improve the SNAP access rate to move Colorado to a top 10 performing state, including new enrollment and retention. With increased SNAP enrollment, access to nutrition education will be improved statewide.
  • Improve the WIC participation rate to move Colorado to a top 10 performing state, including new enrollment and retention that includes comprehensive nutrition education and breastfeeding support for families.

How we get there:

  • Improve SNAP and WIC outreach and delivery to all eligible Coloradans, with strategies to ensure equity to individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants, racial and ethnic populations, rural residents and people experiencing homelessness.
  • Increase the SNAP eligibility threshold from 130 percent to 200 percent of the federal poverty level to standardize eligibility criteria and ensure that low-income seniors and low-wage workers remain eligible and enrolled, and to support consumers and counties in continuous enrollment.
  • Provide outreach and application assistance to efficiently complete applications, reduce barriers and support consumers in understanding and navigating the enrollment process.
  • Increase the WIC and SNAP benefit levels so that low-income individuals can afford the actual cost of purchasing sufficient and nutritious food relative to the cost of living in Colorado.
  • Increase the capacity of Colorado advocacy, policy and legal organizations to positively impact state and federal legislation and policy for federal food programs.
  • Improve cross-referral opportunities between state and county programs with similar eligibility criteria (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, WIC and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

GOAL 5:

Maximize participation in federal child nutrition programs, making Colorado a national leader in delivering these vital programs.

 

Where we need to go:

Make child nutrition programs easily accessible to all Colorado kids so they have the fuel to learn, live and play.

These programs include:

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • After-school meals and snack programs
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)

How we get there:

  • Maximize participation, innovation and effectiveness in school-based child nutrition programs by providing technical assistance and support to all school districts.
  • Expand state funding to offset caregiver copays for reduced price lunches for all grades.
  • Increase capacity, collaboration and coordination of agencies, organizations and schools to ensure full-year access to healthy foods for children both in and out of school and child care settings.
  • Promote the adoption of the Community Eligibility Provision by clarifying the program, increasing awareness, removing barriers to participation and ensuring fiscal sustainability for school districts.
  • Ensure that school administrators, school boards, school nutrition directors, parent groups and community members understand the benefits of child nutrition programs, including the positive impacts on early childhood development, education, health and the economy.
  • Develop marketing strategies that increase awareness and encourage coordination of programs and resources for child nutrition.
  • Increase the capacity and collaboration of Colorado advocacy, policy and legal organizations to positively impact state and federal legislation and policy for child nutrition programs.