By Deb Stanley, ABC Denver 7
A change in income eligibility requirements in Colorado means thousands of families may now qualify for food assistance.
The Colorado Department of Human Services is increasing the income cut off to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level in place of the previous 130 percent cut off, according to Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger.
"If you think about a family of three, a mom and two kids, mom had to make less than $35,000 for us to examine whether the family was eligible for food assistance. But now mom can make up to $40,00 for us to examine if she's eligible," explained Ki'i Powell, the Director of Colorado's Office of Economic Security.