GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- According to the Mesa County Hunger Alliance, one in ten Coloradans don’t know where the next meal is going to be. A local plan takes action to address hunger relief through multiple goals to reduce food insecurity.
“One of the goals of our blueprint is to increase the percentage of people that are eligible for SNAP and WIC food assistance benefits,” Anne Wenzel points out, “We think there’s a lot to do to help people understand what the benefits are navigate the enrollment process sign up for benefits and secure additional income financial resources to be able to buy the foods they need.”
20 organizations across the grand valley make up the Mesa County Hunger Alliance. The blueprint to end hunger marks the first step in increasing efforts to a new level in feeding people in any way.
“To increase hunger relief at the western slope, the Mesa County blueprint starts with utilizing a new warehouse at Community Food Bank,” Cora Dickey reports, “This collaborative effort includes multiple projects across different organizations
90 percent of supplies found in food pantries are donations to be repurposed. Advancing in current food programs build more awareness on ending hunger where the public can get involved.
“Hunger is a real issue in Mesa County,” Alisha Wenger asserts, “The next step is really education and advocacy getting the word out in the community so that everybody’s aware about this collective work that were doing and how they can support us.”
As multiple projects progress, the Mesa County Blueprint sends a message that no one should go hungry.