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Joining Forces to Combat Childhood Hunger in Colorado: Smart Bellies

There’s a saying that physical health starts from within. And for children across Summit and Eagle County who lack access to nutritious food, their physical and mental wellness is taking a hit when they go hungry.

As advocates for overall wellness, our team at Axis believes that proper nutrition plays a crucial role in the performance and recovery of young athletes. However, they also recognize that not all families have the means to provide their children with healthy meals on a regular basis.

That’s why we are proud to partner with Smart Bellies –a local nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing childhood hunger and increasing access to nutritious food options on weekends for students in Summit and Lake County, Colorado.

Who is Smart Bellies in Colorado?

Smart Bellies is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working tirelessly to reduce childhood hunger via access to healthy food options for kids across our region.

Founded with the simple idea of providing meals to students in need over the weekend, Smart Bellies has grown from a small volunteer-led initiative to a complex operation that supports hundreds of children and families in our community.

Food Access In The Classroom

Every week, Smart Bellies delivers bags filled with nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack items for kids, ensuring they have access to healthy meals even when school is not in session. 

Smart Bellies collaborates closely with local teachers and administrators to identify students who might benefit from the program. The organization operates on a self-selective basis, meaning that families can sign up for the program without having to prove their need. This approach removes barriers and ensures that anyone needing assistance can access the required resources.

Smart Bellies also provides monthly snacks to local schools. These snacks are distributed to classrooms, counselors, nurses, and front offices, ensuring students can access healthy food options throughout the school day. 

Volunteer to Help During The Holidays in Summit County, CO

Smart Bellies goes above and beyond during the holiday season to spread cheer and support. The organization prepares special holiday boxes with all the ingredients and recipes to create a delicious, hearty meal. 

In the past few years, Smart Bellies has partnered with local supermarkets to provide gift cards, allowing families to add their personal touch and cultural flair to their holiday celebrations.

The impact of Smart Bellies on our community cannot be overstated. Last year alone, the organization provided an incredible 35,404 weekend bags, 13,852 produce bags, and 90,200 snacks for classrooms. 

The need for their services continues to grow, with the number of weekend bags provided increasing by 46% since the height of the pandemic.

Through our partnership, we aim to raise awareness about Smart Bellies and their endeavor to help others. We’re always looking for ways to encourage our patients, staff, and the wider community to get involved. By supporting Smart Bellies’ efforts, we can help alleviate the burden of food insecurity for countless children and families in our area.

How To Get Involved with Smart Bellies

We invite you to join us in supporting Smart Bellies and their mission to combat childhood hunger. There are several ways you can make a difference:

  1. Donate: Your financial contributions can help Smart Bellies purchase nutritious food items and supplies for their weekend food program. Every donation, no matter the size, can make a significant impact.
  2. Volunteer: Smart Bellies relies on the support of volunteers to pack and distribute weekend bags and assist with other initiatives. By giving your time, you can directly contribute to the success of their programs.
  3. Spread the Word: Help raise awareness about Smart Bellies and the issue of childhood hunger in our community. Share their mission with your friends, family, and colleagues, and encourage them to get involved.

Visit Smart Bellies online to learn how you can support their efforts! Together, we can create a healthier, more nurturing environment for the children and families in our Colorado communities.

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Avon + Edwards are Joining Forces

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After much thought and evaluation by our team, we have decided to consolidate our Edwards clinic into our Avon clinic location. 

Our staff and resources from our Edwards location will be moved into our Avon clinic on October 31, 2023.

We are excited to be able to offer a wider option of appointment times to accommodate patient needs in one location.

Our Avon location is 142 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Suite 109, next door to Doctors on Call and Kiwi International Delights.