NEWS: Tuesday June 15, 2010

Jun 15th @ 11:28 am in News by Scott Staley

Concerns about an increase in nutritional deficiencies and hunger among children during the summer months have prompted rise in Summer Food Service Program sites throughout the Montrose area this year.  The effort follows recent studies showing that only eight percent of Colorado children who qualify for food assistance at school participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

“When school lets out for summer, many children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school during the academic year are at risk of poor nutrition or missing meals all together,” said Kathy Underhill, executive director of Hunger Free Colorado, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that children and families have access to adequate, nutritious food year round.

Thanks to efforts by Hunger Free Colorado and its community partners, children and teens can receive a free, nutritionally balanced lunch daily, often at sites near their homes.  There are no registration or income requirements necessary to qualify, and many sites also offer day camps or activities for kids.

To participate, children simply have to come to a meal site during serving hours, which generally begin between 11 a.m. and noon.  Some sites also offer breakfast, opening as early as 7:30 in the morning.  Children can come with or without parents or guardians, who can also eat at some sites for a small fee.

The following is a complete list of Summer Food Service Program sites in the Montrose area.   All sites throughout the state are also listed online at www.summerfoodcolorado.org, where families can enter their address to search an interactive map for nearby locations.

Site

Address

City

Start Time

Days

Start Date

End Date

Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club 635 E. Main Street Montrose

11:00 AM

M-F

06/14/10

08/06/10

Centennial Middle School 1160 S. 5th Street Montrose

7:30 AM

M-TH

06/07/10

07/15/10

Olathe Elementary 211 N. Roberts Ave. Olathe

7:30 AM

M-TH

06/07/10

07/15/10

Though many might consider hunger a problem limited to developing countries or population-dense urban areas, Underhill says that’s not the case.

“Hunger is a widespread problem across Colorado—and not just in cities.  It affects children in suburbs, rural communities and mountain towns,” said Underhill.   “Community by community, we’re working to ensure that kids are getting the healthy food they need to learn, grow and develop to their full potential.”

Hunger Free Colorado, launched in October 2009, is committed to ensuring that no Coloradan goes hungry. The organization addresses policy change, collaborative programming, strategic resource development, targeted awareness building, and measuring progress. For more information, visit www.hungerfreecolorado.org.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 11:27a)

The Black Hawk City Council adopted an ordinance in January that bans bicyclists to ride their bikes through town. The first person to get ticketed has started an uproar saying the town’s reasoning for the ban is ridiculous.  The Denver Post writes that Black Hawk, located near Denver in neighboring Gilpin County, passed the ordinance because of the town’s narrow roads, saying trucks and bikes together isn’t safe. June is the first month police began issuing citations for the offense.  To date, the town has issued eight $68 tickets. Since there have been websites formed and t-shirts made of those angry about the ban. The town says they don’t intend on revisiting the ordinance.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 11:25a)