Food Assistance

For additional meal sites and food resources, call the Hunger Free Colorado's food resource hotline at 855-855-4626 (toll-free and bi-lingual). No registration or ID required. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and the program is administered at the federal level by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Food Assistance Program Details


Apply for Public Assistance Benefits

Visit Denver Human Services online here, or call 720-944-4DHS (4347) for more information about how to apply for food assistance benefits in Denver.

Benefits can be accessed online via the PEAK system without having to visit a Denver Human Services office. You can apply for food, cash, medical, and child care assistance, as well as RTD’s LiVE program, at the same time online through Colorado PEAK. You can apply for benefits, reapply, or check the status of applications online at Colorado PEAK, or scan or mail-in required documents as well as conduct required interviews over the phone. You can also apply in person at one of our offices or outreach locations. Call 720-944-4DHS (4347) to find the outreach location nearest to you. Or, download an application (en español) and mail it to us.

The Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) at have everything you need to: 

  • Learn about public assistance programs 
  • Complete an application 
  • Manage benefits 

Programs accessible through the app include:

  • Food Assistance (SNAP) 
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 
  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) 
  • Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) 
  • Colorado Works (CO Works) (state name for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF) 
  • Health First Colorado (Colorado Medicaid) 
  • Child Health Plan Plus (CHP ) 
  • and many more

Anyone can connect to PEAK 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the internet on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. PEAK is safe and secure, which means your information is protected. You may also Google “Colorado PEAK” to reach the site.

Free Tasty Food for Youth

Denver's Office of Children's Affairs invites youth, ages 5 - 18, to enjoy breakfast, lunch, a nutritious snack or a supper meal that includes up to five food groups low in fat, preservative free and served with fresh fruit on the side. Registration or signing in is not required, just show up and eat up, and YES ... you can bring a friend, or two, or three, or more!

Tasty Food sites are located within various Denver recreation centers across the city. Locations and a full list meal schedules are available online at

Food Distribution Through Denver Public Schools

See the DPS website for full details, locations and hours.

Breakfast and Lunch

Denver Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch meals to students and their families at 12 locations throughout the city, weekdays from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 17. Food will only be available in grab-and-go packaging to avoid congregating. To prioritize social distancing, families are not allowed to eat on site. DPS is not able to provide transportation for people to obtain these meals.

  • Breakfast pickup: 8-9 a.m.*
  • Lunch pickup: 12-1 p.m.*

Breakfast and lunch are also available for adults and can be picked up every weekday. In addition, weekend breakfast and lunch will be available for families to pick up every Friday. The adult and weekend meals are made possible by fundraising from the DPS Foundation.

*All meals for students and their families can be picked up during either time slot.

Vegetarian options will be available. In order to maximize our federal funding for student meal services, we ask that children be present to receive their meals.

In addition, Food for Thought Denver will be providing Powersacks at all 12 DPS Breakfast and Lunch locations, every Friday starting March 20 until circumstances change. Each Powersack will contain enough non-perishable food for a family of four for two days. These sacks are available for anyone in need, not just for our DPS students.


Select Denver recreation centers will be serving dinner to children 18 years old and younger, weekdays from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 17. Meals are grab-and-go on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Dinner: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

All meals are free!

Food Assistance at Pantries

The majority of pantries are still open to the public but have shifted to a “drop off” model at vehicles, such as the Action Center in Lakewood.

Additionally, many pantries such as Metro Caring are allowing folks to come on behalf of those unable to come—just make sure you have the client’s name and birthday to receive their benefits.

For providers, and/or those looking for support around food, you should call the Hunger-Free Hotline for the most up to date, specific information: 855-855-4626 (toll-free) 720-382-2920 (metro Denver).

Smaller pantries may be closing because many volunteers are over the age of 65 , please call ahead to confirm open hours. 

List of open food pantries

Hunger Free Colorado

Hunger Free Colorado is working to connect Coloradans to food resources and information, including:

  • School meals
  • Food pantries
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
  • Older Adults Services
  • Resources for women, infants, and children (WIC) 
  • College student assistance
  • How you can help
  • And more!

Hunger Free Colorado's food resource hotline can be reached by calling 855-855-4626 (call 720-382-2920 if you're in Denver) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Messages left after-hours or on a weekend will be returned the next business day. If you are hearing impaired, call Relay Colorado at 7-1-1 or 1-800-659-2656

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Hunger Free Colorado's Food Resource Hotline call volume is three times the average, resulting in slower than usual response times of 2 – 3 business days.  For immediate food assistance Text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and receive food distribution locations (for kids 0-18).

Persons with Disabilities

Access-a-Ride Grocery Delivery Services: 

Home grocery delivery service is available to all Access-a-Ride (AaR) customers. RTD is offering this service during the COVID-19 state of emergency to provide current Access-a-Ride customers with a food delivery option that does not require leaving home. No fare is required for customers to use this service. Grocery pickup is now available from King Soopers, Safeway, Community Ministry Southwest FoodBank, Senior Hub Senior Solutions, and Adams County Food Bank. Access-a-Ride customers can continue to book trips for essential purposes, including to purchase groceries. Customers must place their grocery order themselves and schedule a pick-up with Access-a-Ride one day in advance.

Additional Food Assistance Resources

Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado Office is a visible and trusted source of information on the full range of long-term services and support options available to older adults. All older Coloradans seeking assistance getting nutritious food can call 1-844-COL-ADRC (1-844-265-2372) for more information.

Meals On Wheels delivers to home-bound seniors. Call 303-297-0408 for more information.