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Coloradans Take the "Food Stamp Challenge:" Eating on 25 Bucks a Week

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007   


In 12 percent of Colorado households, having enough food on the table isn't a given. Today is National Hunger Awareness Day and State Rep. John Kefalas is one of a number of Coloradans taking part in the "Food Stamp Challenge" by trying to eat off just $25 a week.

“It's a way to help people understand what people are going through in terms of tough choices that they have to make with regard to providing for their families and having some sense of food security.”

State Sen. Paula Sandoval (D-Denver) and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper are also among those taking the challenge.

Adela Flores-Brennan with the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute believes it's a perfect time to learn how hard it is for Colorado's low-income working families to eat healthy. She notes that countless others can't afford to sustain a diet of quality, healthy foods, often leading to more costly problems like obesity.

Tina Podolak with the Colorado Anti-Hunger Network hopes people will begin to understand how hard it is to eat well on a low income. She thinks some changes to the Food Stamp program could help.

“We'd like to see our food stamp application reduced in the number of pages it is. In Colorado, it's currently 21 pages to fill out.”

She would also like to see the minimum benefit increased and set to keep pace with inflation. The Food Stamp program is currently set to be re-authorized by Congress in the new farm bill.



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