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Nourishing Colorado Communities

Empowering Families through Healthy Eating Advocacy

As an organization dedicated to promoting healthy food habits among kids and families, Denver Inner City Parish is thrilled to support the message behind House Bill 2024-1301. This initiative recognizes the critical need to prioritize the well-being of Colorado’s youth through healthier mealtime menus and providing adequate playtime in schools.

This bill calls to pull together a task force to explore best practices for time allocation during meals and supporting recess for younger students, acknowledging the multifaceted nature of student health and wellness. We believe that by fostering dialogue among educators, health experts, and community stakeholders, we can collectively work towards creating healthier school environments that nurture the holistic development of our children.

At the heart of this legislative initiative lies the Healthy School Meals for All program, which holds tremendous potential to positively impact the lives of students across Colorado. This program isn’t just about providing food; it’s about empowering families and communities. By facilitating access to free meals at participating schools, we’re removing barriers to nutrition and ensuring that every child has the fuel they need to succeed. Additionally, families may access a range of resources, such as discounted school fees, class materials, bus passes, and utility assistance, further enhancing their well-being and stability.

Our role extends beyond mere advocacy; we’re on the front lines, working hand in hand with families to navigate the enrollment process for the Healthy School Meals for All program. We’re providing guidance, resources, and support every step of the way, ensuring that no child falls through the cracks.

In conjunction with our commitment to promoting healthy eating habits and advocating for initiatives like House Bill 2024-1301, we’re excited to invite our participants and community members to join us for a special listening session hosted by Denver Inner City Parish and Hunger Free Colorado on March 28th. At 12pm at 1000 S Lowell Blvd. This interactive event offers a unique opportunity for individuals to share their insights, experiences, and aspirations regarding nutrition and wellness in our communities at schools. As advocates for positive change, we recognize the importance of listening to diverse perspectives and fostering dialogue that drives meaningful action.

Plus, attendees can look forward to enjoying a delicious lunch, refreshing drinks, and the chance to win exciting prizes throughout the session. It’s not just an opportunity to be heard; it’s a chance to connect, engage, and make a difference together. Mark your calendars and join us for a mealtime of conversation, camaraderie, and collective empowerment. We can’t wait to see you there!

The Eagle Bear room at 1000 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, 80219, 12pm Noon.

Let’s continue to work together towards a future where every child has the opportunity to thrive, nourished by the power of healthy food and supportive communities.

The new healthy school meals for all program provides the opportunity for districts to offer free meals to ALL students at participating schools. Contact your school for more information or visit https://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/healthy-school-meals-for-all-program.