Councilwoman Judy Montero, Denver Human Services and Hunger Free Colorado kicked off the launch of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards issuance today at the Swansea Recreation Center.
As part of the Colorado Health Foundation grant-funded initiative “SNAP Into Health”, residents of the City and County of Denver can now easily apply for food, cash and medical assistance on Hunger Free Colorado’s mobile unit, Your Neighborhood Food Truck, and qualifying individuals can receive their EBT Card immediately.
“For a long time we in Denver have been working toward making services available to the community in a much more accessible way,” said Councilwoman Judy Montero. “SNAP Into Health will bring resources right into the communities that need them most, so all of Denver can benefit.”
Eligible clients who bring a government issued I.D., proof of income and proof of expenses will be able to skip a trip to a Denver Human Services office entirely and have their application and supporting documents processed by a technician on the mobile unit.
“Previously, while we were able to take applications anywhere, people still had to wait for their cards to be issued later,” Councilwoman Montero said. “Now we have special permission from the State to issue EBT cards while on the road exclusively in the City and County of Denver.”
The SNAP Into Health initiative is comprised of four components – nutritious lifestyle, healthcare access, financial independence and community partnerships. Denver county residents will be able to apply for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid aboard the mobile unit.
“This venture is truly a collaboration between Denver Human Services and Hunger Free Colorado,” said Denver Human Services Manager Penny May. “This mutual effort has the potential to really change lives for people who are struggling with food security or healthcare access. We want to be sure our most vulnerable residents have the opportunity to walk off this unit with the financial assistance they need to keep their families stable.”
Denver Human Services will be accepting applications and issuing benefits cards to eligible applicants every Wednesday in July at Swansea Recreation Center, 2650 E. 49th Ave., from 1-4 pm. For additional details on the SNAP Into Health initiative or for the full schedule of Hunger Free Colorado’s Your Neighborhood Food Truck stops, please visit www.denvergov.org/snapintohealth.
PHOTO CAPTION: Denver Human Services Manager Penny May (Left) and Councilwoman Judy Montero announce benefits can now be issued aboard Hunger Free Colorado’s Your Neighborhood Food Truck.
About Denver Human Services
Denver Human Services provides both assistance services and protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable residents. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents in financial need and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, as well as child care, child support, energy, rental and burial assistance, all designed to help families and individuals toward financial self-sufficiency. Protection & Prevention services are provided via child, youth and adult protection services, along with community focused programming including veterans’ services, homeless services, and drug awareness campaigns. The department seeks to strengthen individuals, families and communities with the services provided. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/humanservices.