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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of the Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks key voting rights measure.


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The White House kicks off a Child Tax Credit promotional blitz; Sen. Schumer will call for a debate on election reform, and New York City gives ranked voting a shot for its mayoral primary.

Public News Service - CO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The Colorado Food Pantry Assistance Grant Program distributes money to charitable pantries, who must spend the money purchasing food from local farmers and other producers. (Pixabay)

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LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- Anti-hunger advocates are calling on Colorado lawmakers to expand funding for the state's Food Pantry Assistance Grant. Alexander Hernández-Ball, equity healthy-living and nutrition manager for the Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette, said the program has helped Col

By 2030, one in five U.S. residents are projected to be age 65 or older, and by 2035 there will be more adults over 65 than children under 18. (ArtTower/Pixabay)

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GREELEY, Colo. -- This week, Greeley, Evans and Garden City will officially join AARP's Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The Weld County cities will collaborate on projects including making streets more walkable, improving housing and transportation options, and creating opportunitie

People experiencing food insecurity in Colorado increased from 9% before the pandemic to nearly 40% by December 2020. (Partnership for Healthier America)

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DENVER -- After the coronavirus pandemic shut down restaurants and emptied grocery shelves, food experts said lessons learned while rebuilding regional supply chains could be tapped to make Colorado's food system more resilient and equitable. Wendy Peters Moschetti, director of strategic initiative

Qualifying students living in a family of four can receive $782 per month in food benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. (Travis Isaacs/Wikimedia Commons)

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DENVER -- Thousands of low-income college students in Colorado now have an easier path to food assistance during the pandemic, after the federal government issued temporary changes to its qualification policies for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program previously known as

President Joe Biden's COVID relief package includes $160 billion to fund speedier vaccine distribution. (CBS4)

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DENVER -- Colorado advocates for children, low-income workers and other vulnerable populations are urging Congress to pass President Joe Biden's COVID relief package to address growing food and housing insecurity. The American Rescue Plan cleared the U.S. House and is now before the Senate. Fifty-

Students who do not normally shine in the classroom often are some of the best explorers, snowman makers and leaders in the outdoors. (Hippopx)

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ANTONITO, Colo. -- Young people living in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley are heading to Monarch for a ski and snow-tubing expedition this week, and for many it will be their first time on the slopes. The trip is part of Conejos Clean Water's Justice and Heritage Academy, which creates opportun

In 2020, 81% of older adult participants in the Nourish Colorado's Nutrition Incentive Program reported that food boxes increased their food security. (USDA)

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DENVER -- Colorado's food networks are finding new and creative ways to get fresh produce directly from farmers to people who need it during the coronavirus pandemic. Roberto Meza, co-founder of the East Denver Food Hub, said new partnerships made through Nourish Colorado's produce-box program have

A quarter of Colorado adults and one in five children currently are not getting adequate nutrition because families do not have enough money for food. (Pxhere)

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DENVER -- Almost 40% of Coloradans are struggling to put food on the table because of the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the highest rate of food insecurity ever reported in the state, according to a new Hunger Free Colorado survey. Ellie Agar, director of communications for the grou

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