Food Assistance (SNAP) and Free Food Resources

Have questions about your SNAP benefits or case status? Call the Colorado statewide hotline at (800)-816-4451.


We're here to support you.

This page has ways to get free, healthy food in the City and County of Denver. You can:

  • Find out how to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Learn about our free, monthly mobile food pantry events
  • Get free food, hot meals and groceries from other programs in Denver

New! EBT Card E-Lockers

EBT Card E-Locker

DHS' new and first of its kind e-lockers are officially up and running! We're excited to see more users picking up their EBT card using this new option. Denver residents who have not yet had the chance to try the e-lockers are invited to pick up a new or replacement EBT card at our convenient e-lockers.

These safe lockers can be utilized all hours of the day, even outside the DHS Welcome Center’s normal operating hours. By using the e-lockers, users can receive their EBT cards quicker than if they requested them to be sent via mail. The EBT card will be loaded in the locker the day after a request is made, while mailing can take anywhere from three to five days.

With the new e-lockers, there is no need to engage with DHS staff. If any problems should arise, DHS staff are eager to help users learn how to use the e-lockers and resolve any issues.

For additional questions or to get started using the e-lockers, call 720-944-4DHS (4347).


What is SNAP?

SNAP, short for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is cash assistance to help low-income families buy or grow food. It gives a monthly amount to buy food with an Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) card.

The benefit is provided based on income, resources and the number of individuals in the household.

How to Apply for SNAP

Online

Apply for SNAP online through the Colorado PEAK website. Se ofrece servicio en español. 

Please note: this site is maintained by the State of Colorado. When you click the link, you will exit the Denver Human Services portal.

Apply for SNAP

In Person

We're here to support you. You can apply for SNAP in person at one of our DHS locations.
 

Document Delivery Service

Are you a new or existing customer with mobility challenges? Do you have trouble accessing our website? Our document delivery team can drop off or pick up your SNAP benefit application. They can also pick up and drop off other DHS-related applications and forms.

Call our document delivery hotline at (720) 944-1520. We will leave an application at your door and we can arrange to pick it up once you complete it. Se habla español.

Document Delivery Hours:
Our document delivery team is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Same day requests can be made up until 1:30 p.m.

Mail/Fax

Have an application sent to you by mail or fax. Call (720) 944-4DHS (4347) for more information. Se habla español.

Please mail your completed application to:

Denver Human Services
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204

Or, fax it to (720) 944-3094.

Phone

You cannot apply for SNAP over the phone, but we can help answer any questions you have about applying. We can also give updates on your application. Call us at (720) 944-4DHS (4347). Se habla español.


Free Food in Denver

Free Mobile Food Pantry Events

Free mobile food pantry! Denver Human Services, Partner of Food Bank of the RockiesDespensa de comida móvil gratuita!

Denver Human Services (DHS) and Food Bank of the Rockies offer free, monthly Mobile Food Pantry events each month. All are welcome.

2024 Events

New dates, One LocationDHS and Food Bank of the Rockies will host one monthly mobile food pantry at Empower Field - Lot E. Most events will take place on the third Friday of each month. Dates are subject to change. Review our 2024 event calendar by clicking or tapping the button below:

2024 DHS Mobile Food Pantry Event Calendar

All 2024 DHS Mobile Food Pantry Events will take place at Empower Field at Mile High - Lot E. Most events happen on the third Friday of the month (except for the June event). Dates are subject to change. Visit the Empower Field mobile food pantry event page for more information, including maps and wayfinding tips.

We no longer host food pantry events at the Denver Human Services East Office location. Search for food pantries in East Denver on the Food Bank of the Rockies Find Food website. 

Date Time  Additional Notes
Friday, January 19 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Diapers from Catholic Charities
Friday, February 16 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Diapers from Catholic Charities
Friday, March 15 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Diapers from Catholic Charities
Friday, April 19 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out  
Friday, May 17 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out  
Monday, June 24 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Due to a stadium event, our June mobile food pantry event will take place on Monday, June 24, 2024.
Friday, July 19 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out  
Friday, August 16 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Date subject to change
Friday, September 20 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Date subject to change
Friday, October 18 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Date subject to change
Friday, November 15 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Date subject to change
Friday, December 20 9-11:30 a.m., or until food runs out Date subject to change

Find Free Food Near You

Logo - Food Bank of the Rockies

Looking for a map to free meals and food pantries in your neighborhood? Visit the Food Bank of the Rockies "Free Food" page! All you have to do is put in your zip code.

Search for Free Food Near You

 

Other Free Food Programs in Denver

Free Meals in Denver Public Schools (DPS)

All DPS students have access to free, healthy, nutritious school meals at breakfast and lunch, thanks to the Healthy School Meals for All program approved by Colorado voters.

It is important for families to complete the You Benefit! form on MySchoolApps. This will help make sure DPS gets full access to available federal funding. You may qualify for discounted school fees, class materials, bus passes, utilities support and more! All household income information provided through this form is strictly confidential, and protected by law. Only one form is required for all children in the household.

Learn More from Denver Public Schools

 

Tasty Food Program: Free meals at Denver Rec Centers

Tasty Food banner reading Where Denver Youth Eat Free with chicken caesar wrap

Denver youth ages 5-18 can get FREE after-school meals at several Denver Parks and Recreation locations. No ID or registration required, just show up and eat. And yes, you can bring a friend, or two, or three, or more!

For hours and locations, visit the Tasty Food program page.

No Cost Grocery Programs

The Denver Food Rescue has a list of free / no cost grocery programs. These are places where you can get fresh groceries for free. You don't need to bring ID or share personal information, either. All are welcome:

Public No Cost Grocery Programs in Denver

 


Frequently Asked Questions

I need healthy meals for my kids. Where can I get help?

The first step in ensuring your children have enough healthy food to eat is to apply for food assistance (SNAP).

After enrolling, we can introduce you to community partners and resources to show you how to stretch your food dollars. They can also help you discover how to prepare quick and healthy meals and snacks for the family.

Community partner Cooking Matters helps people shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious and affordable kid-approved meals.

The Tasty Food for Denver's Kids program hosted by the Office of Children's Affairs provides free meals to Denver youths.

Where can I find free or reduced-cost food?

Hunger Free Colorado serves the City and County of Denver and the entire state of Colorado. You can apply for food assistance through its services and connect with food pantries and free meal sites in your area. HFC's operators can also give you directions, share food availability, help you find holiday mealtimes, and other beneficial information about those pantries and sites. Contact the food resource hotline at (720) 382-2920 for Denver and (855) 855-4626 statewide for more information.

Nourish Colorado's Double Up Food Bucks Colorado helps SNAP recipients save money at community grocery stores, farmer's markets, and farm stands. The program also posts easy, step-by-step, family-friendly cooking videos on their YouTube channel.

All Denver Public Schools (DPS) students have access to free, healthy, nutritious school meals at breakfast and lunch, thanks to the Healthy School Meals for All program approved by Colorado voters. It is important for families to complete the You Benefit! form on MySchoolApps. This will help make sure DPS gets full access to available federal funding. Families may qualify for discounted school fees, class materials, bus passes, utilities support and more! All household income information provided through this form is strictly confidential, and protected by law. Only one form is required for all children in the household.

What discounts are available to me if I receive food assistance?

In addition to food funds, SNAP recipients may also access a number of Denver’s premiere museums and cultural centers through the Explorer Pass program, which provides discount general admission to select venues for as low as $1 per person, up to 10 people.

With the Double Up Food Bucks Colorado program, SNAP users also receive a discount on the food they buy at participating locations using their SNAP EBT (electronic benefit transfer – the card that manages food assistance dollars) cards.

Children 18 and younger can access free meals during summer months thanks to the Free Summer Meals program.

Food resources for older adults

The Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado Office is a trusted source for information on long-term services and support options available to older adults. Older Coloradans who need help getting access to nutritious food can call 1-844-COL-ADRC (+1 844 265-2372) for more information.

Another helpful resource is, Meals On Wheels. This well-known program delivers daily meals and provides in-home visits to home-bound seniors. For more information, call (303) 297-0408.

Resources for people with disabilities

Access-a-Ride Grocery Delivery Services:

Access-a-Ride is RTD's ADA complementary paratransit service. The service provides a food bank and grocery delivery service from participating food bank and grocery store locations. Customers interested in having food delivered to them by Access-a-Ride must either call the food bank directly or visit the grocery store’s website in order to set up an account and place an order.

Learn more about how to make a grocery delivery using Access-a-Ride on the RTD website:

Access-a-Ride Grocery Delivery Services