Fast Facts: Food Insecurity in Colorado
Hunger exists in every corner of Colorado, and it affects people from all walks of life. Feeding America estimates that food insecurity in Colorado has increased by nearly 20% due to the pandemic. That means 1 in 8 people—almost 700,000 of our neighbors, including nearly 185,000 children—is unable to access the food they need, an increase from 1 in 10 in 2019.
Hundreds of thousands of children and families living in Colorado face hunger and food insecurity every day. The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger or one paycheck away from facing hunger. Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity.
Every community in our state is home to families who face hunger, including rural and suburban communities. Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local Feeding Colorado food banks for support.
Bridging the Gap: Spark’s RSVP in 7 Counties
Many of our most vulnerable people are aging at home, often alone and disconnected from others. The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national initiative by AmeriCorps Seniors and one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation for people 55 and over. RSVP matches older adults who are willing to help with local organizations on the front lines of meeting community needs.
National Service creates local impact. In 2021, Spark the Change Colorado launched the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in 7 Colorado counties: Alamosa, Huerfano, Las Animas, Montezuma, Park, Jefferson, and Broomfield. Spark’s county RSVP programs focus on Food Insecurity. RSVP is growing, sparking connections, engaging volunteers, and igniting collaborations across the state. Learn more about how to support and empower RSVP here: https://www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/rsvp
How YOU Can Help!
RSVP will provide necessary services through the support, engagement, and giving of community change makers like you. As 2021 comes to a close and the Season of Giving begins, we ask that you lead with your passions and dedicate to supporting a cause that means something to you. If combatting food insecurity and creating opportunities for connection for older adults is something that you feel passionate about, consider giving to Spark the Change Colorado and our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.
Ways to Give
Join the Movement of Good — It’s the Colorado Way! Spark a Connection in the following ways:
- You can make a donation: Our goal for the remainder of 2021 is to raise $25,000 for our programs. If you’d like to support our efforts as an organization, or allocate your gift directly to RSVP, donate to our Colorado Gives Day campaign here.
- You can volunteer: We are currently recruiting RSVP Volunteers in our service areas. Join our team of change makers by volunteering today!
- You can become a Spark Member: Do you represent an organization that regularly recruits volunteers? Become a Spark Member and access benefits and opportunities to support your volunteer program!
- You can learn more about us and our programs: Knowledge is power, and only YOU know what your community needs! Learn more about our programs and opportunities so you can spread the word and become an ambassador for your local community.
- You can Join our Emailing Lists: Stay up-to-date on all things Spark by joining our email lists!
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