GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX)–Every child has access to free education, and while that may be important, a child’s education may be for nothing if they don’t have access to a nutritious meal. Ashley Wheeland with Hunger Free Colorado says for the past two years, all students were given access to free meals as part of a COVID relief program. That program is now gone, but Hunger Free Colorado is working to give back students their free lunches–this time for good.

The COVID relief program was a huge success here in the Grand Valley, as it fed approximately 4,000 per day. Students were able to get free lunches without the stigma of needing a free lunch, or risk being hungry. There are still free lunch programs in the state of Colorado, however many families decide to opt out for a multitude of reasons.

All kids need a nutritious meal to help them learn to their full potential, and Hunger free Colorado hopes they can convince voters to approve the program that ensures students have access to a meal–without the stigma.

To learn more about the program, click here.