susan edmondson-from facebookSeveral Colorado Springs leaders will start the Celebrity Council Food Assistance Challenge Monday. It’s one of several events taking place during Hunger Action Month.

By accepting the Food Assistance Challenge, the persons commit to eating all their meals from a limited food budget comparable to someone receiving food stamps. The participants will share their experiences through their social media networks and invite others to participate and educating others about food stamps.

The following persons agreed to the challenge: Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of the Downtown Partnership; Julian Flores, founder and CEO of GetOutfitted; Jill Gaebler, Colorado Springs City Council Member; Ryan Hannigan, graphic designer for the Colorado Springs Business Journal; Tammy Oakland, morning show co-host of Klite 106.3; Carrie Simison, associate publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent; Kelly Snyder, board president of the Manitou Art Center; and Midori Clark, community relations and development manager of the Pueblo City-County Library District.

“While it is impossible to fully comprehend the difficult decisions low-income families face, taking the Food Assistance Challenge will help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Southern Colorado,” said Lynne Telford, president and CEO, Care and Share Food Bank.

The issue of hunger is of particular importance now when one in seven people in Southern Colorado are at risk of hunger. That’s more than 171,000 people – including one in four children, according to a news release from Care and Share Food Bank.

To learn more about what activities Care and Share has planned, such as the Food Assistance Challenge visit

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