The Joint Budget Committee approved $500,000 to support SNAP outreach and navigation services, which will help bring benefits to Colorado families and help them afford groceries to prepare nutritious meals.
However, we’re disappointed the committee didn’t approve funding for the Double Up Food Bucks program, which doubles benefits when families purchase healthy fruits and vegetables.
We are thankful for your dedication and support for this issue. While it’s not entirely the outcome we had hoped for, we will continue our efforts in Colorado to help provide food security for everyone.
With just a couple of weeks left in the 2023 legislative session, we are monitoring one last bill, Senate Bill 27, the Food Pantry Assistance Grant Program, which provides grants to food banks and pantries in urban, rural and frontier communities across the state of Colorado to supplement these organizations. It also allows for food banks and pantries to carry fresh, nutritious, Colorado-grown produce and meats. SB27 would re-authorize the program at $3 million per year for five years.
In all likelihood, the bill will not pass, however, the legislature is expected to fund the program at $4 million, but it wouldn’t be automatically renewed. Stay tuned on this one!