Broomfield declares Nov. 13-21 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness and Action Week

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The city and county of Broomfield has declared Nov. 13-21 as Hunger and Homelessness Action and Awareness Week.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness and Action Week is an annual program that raises awareness on the issue across the country, the council memo states. Broomfield residents are encouraged to volunteer with or raise money for local organizations as part of the week.

The proclamation, read at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, states the importance of increased awareness and demands action from community members.

“Whereas, it is unacceptable in a prosperous and generous state to have more than 33,000 food insecure households in Broomfield and Boulder counties, including more than 7,000 children, and in the same region for an estimated 1,700 households to be homeless,” the proclamation reads.

The proclamation lists Broomfield’s partnerships with organizations Broomfield FISH, We Don’t Waste, The Refuge, A Precious Child, Project Angel Heart, the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, Broomfield Meals-on-Wheels and SHARE Colorado United Methodist Church and their shared commitment “to building well-being by connecting residents to available services, implementing public policy initiatives, and encouraging all Coloradans to learn more, speak up and lend a hand so that Broomfield can be a community where everyone has a safe place to call home and enough food to eat.”

“Whereas, hunger and homelessness are solvable issues and every resident is encouraged to speak up in support of efforts to end homelessness and hunger and take actions such as volunteering, donating needed items, and supporting efforts by public leaders to increase affordable housing opportunities and food security with the goal of making homelessness and hunger history within our community, within our state and within our lifetime,” the proclamation concludes.