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Find food assistance in Denver

For additional meal sites and food resources, call the 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

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 https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/ 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.

Grab-and-Go suppers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for youth between the ages of 1 - 18, Monday – Friday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., until further notice. No ID or registration required.

Updated information and a full list of all Tasty Food Sites and Schedules are available online at https://www.denvergov.org/tastyfood.

Resources can also be found on the state emergency feeding website at http://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutriemergencyfeeding.

See the food assistance map for participating parks and Recreation locations 

Please note that Greenwood and Glenarm Recreation Centers will NOT be open for meals.

Denver Parks & Recreation Center Closures: 
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is closing all recreation centers and facilities until further notice.

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.

Dinner

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!

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

  • Hunger Free Hotline: (720) 382-2920
  • Food Resource Hotline
  • School Meals
  • Food Pantries
  • SNAP Benefits
  • Older Adults Services
  • WIC 
  • College Student Assistance
  • How You Can Help
  • And more!

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our 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).

For those seeking options in isolation without fixed income, etc., many services that provide to the Denver Metro area have implemented “drop at the door” policies to prevent contact, including Instacart, Safeway and Postmates. Additional local delivery options have been launched including Four Seasons Farmers Market in Wheat Ridge.

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 senior. Call 303-297-0408 for more information.

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. 

https://www.rtd-denver.com/services/access-a-ride

Emergency Food Access Sites

There are no eligibility requirements to receive either food or milk through the Denver Dream Center. 

  • Emergency Food: During the months of August and September, the Denver Dream Center will be offering emergency food supplies every Friday at the Pepsi Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents are asked to register online at www.denverdreamcenter.org for a specific pickup time.
  •  Free Milk Supplies: Through the end of the year, the Denver Dream Center is distributing free milk every other Monday to residents and partner agencies. To sign up to receive free milk, visit the Denver Dream Center online at www.denverdreamcenter.org.

For more information, visit the Denver Dream Center online at www.denverdreamcenter.org, or call 720-510-9113.

The mobile food pantry is open most weeks at locations in southwest or northeast Denver. Residents can receive food, and milk. There are no eligibility requirements, and the schedule for each week is posted on Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/5280mayor/.

For the remainder of August, the mobile food pantry will be open at the following location:

  •  Lalo Delgado Campus, 3201 W. Arizona Ave. Denver CO 80219, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please follow Mayor Hancock on social media for information on future events.

The mobile food pantry is sponsored in partnership with We Don’t Waste, Denver Rescue Mission, and Wee Cycle.

The mobile food pantry is offered throughout the month at or near Denver Human Services’ three locations. No preregistration is required. Guests should bring bags, boxes, or baskets to transport food. All events begin at 9 a.m. and go until food runs out. Guests should arrive between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.

  •  Arie P. Taylor Building, 4685 Peoria St., Denver, CO 80239, first Tuesday of the month,
  •  Parking lot of Empower Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver, CO 80204, last Monday of the month through December.
  • Denver Human Services East Office, 3815 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205, third Friday of the month

For more information, visit Denver Human Services online at www.denvergov.org/foodassistance, or call 720-944-4DHS (4347).

Drive-through markets are held throughout the month at the following locations, days and times. Both food and milk are available to residents while supplies last. There are no eligibility requirements to receive milk or most food.

  • North Middle School, 12095 E Montview Blvd., Aurora, CO 80010, first Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Our Lady of Grace Church, 2645 E 48th Ave. Denver, CO 80216, second Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Presentation of Our Lady Church, 695 Julian St., Denver, CO 80204, third Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  •  We Don't Waste Distribution Center, 5971 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216, fourth Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit We Don’t Waste online at www.wedontwaste.org or call 720-443-6113.