Denver’s hungry problem is on the rise. We Don’t Waste demand has included by 20% in one year going from serving up to 5,000 people daily in 2014 to up to 6,000 daily. Most recent stats compiled by Hunger Free Colorado shows food insecurity growing in populations of Seniors, Families, Children and Veterans across Colorado.
More than 1 in 7 Colorado seniors struggle with hunger, often leading to choices between food and medication. (James Ziliak and Craig Gunderson, The State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report, Prepared for the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, April 2015)
More than 1 in 4 working families in Colorado do not have enough food to meet their basic needs. (Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2011, September 2012)
Nearly 1 in 5 Colorado kids may not always know when or where they will get their next meal. (Colorado Children’s Campaign, 2015 KIDS COUNT in Colorado, March 2015)
About 23,500 veterans in Colorado live in households that participated in food stamps at some point during the past 12 months. (Center of Budget Policies and Priorities, SNAP Helps Roughly 1.7 Million Struggling Veterans, November 2014)
Statistics pulled from Hunger Free Colorado. To see more information about Hunger Free Colorado: visit www.hungerfreecolorado.org/hungerfacts
KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States. For more information visit: www.coloradokids.org/data/kidscount/