The Issue: Hunger and Malnutrition in Colorado
More than 50 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2011, including more than 16 million children, according to data compiled by Feeding America. In Colorado alone, one in four children are at risk for hunger and malnutrition, according to a report by the state Department of Public Health and Environment. With a limited budget and access to healthy food, it can be difficult to regularly eat nutritious meals.
The Campaign: Providing Grocery Cards to People in Need
If 15 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters Colorado can provide a $10 grocery-store gift card to 15 low-income individuals in its Shopping Matters program. Participants in the program learn important skills such as reading food labels, identifying whole grains, and buying fresh products on a budget. Each additional $10 raised will provide a $10 shopping card to another participant.
Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters Colorado
Adults, teens, and kids learn how to get the most nutrition out of a tight budget through Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters Colorado, a nutrition education program that aims to help families help themselves. Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer to lead hands-on courses that include nutrition and cooking lessons, during which participants learn to make healthy meals that cost as little as $1.63 per serving and can be prepared with basic cooking equipment. Volunteers also lead Shopping Matters grocery-store tours, which teach students how to purchase nutritious ingredients on a budget. Along with learning proper cooking techniques and safe preparation, participants return home with grocery bags stocked with the necessary ingredients to prepare the class recipe and share it with their families. In 2012, Cooking Matters Colorado coordinated 345 courses and helped connect more families to food-assistance resources.
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