Hunger Matters


Hunger is a problem here in western Colorado, where one in two children qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch and one in eight residents do not know where their next meal may be coming from. For the past several years, our Community Foundation has been working on expanding hunger relief efforts, including the development of summer mobile meal programs (the Lunch Lizard in Mesa County and the Meal Monkey in Garfield County) and providing funding and technical assistance to address unmet needs and expand programs. In 2021, the Mesa County Blueprint to End Hunger was released, a local action plan developed with the Mesa County Hunger Alliance to better address hunger in the Grand Valley. Our Community Foundation is proud to work with the various hunger relief entities working to support households and individuals across our region; though there is more work to be done, we are very pleased with the accomplishments we have made together and are looking forward to the future.

Hunger Leadership Initiatives Supported by WCCF

Mesa County Blueprint to End Hunger

Mesa County has a plan to end hunger! Inspired by the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger , Mesa County developed its own Mesa County Blueprint to End Hunger, thanks to funding from the Colorado Health Foundation and great engagement from the Mesa County Hunger Alliance.

Mesa County Blueprint to End Hunger

Key Goals Include

Mesa County Hunger Alliance

Critical to addressing food insecurity is the Mesa County Hunger Alliance, a coalition of over 20 agencies and organizations working in hunger relief, which is poised to facilitate collaboration to address hunger in Mesa County.

WCCF staff is available to make presentations on hunger in our community and share progress from our action plans. Please contact us with any questions.

For more information about Mesa County Hunger Alliance

Supporting Food Recovery Efforts