Summer Food Programs @ DHS
With the Denver Botanic Gardens Farm Stands, the SAME Café food truck, and the Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Food Pantry, we've got what you need to ensure healthy meals make it to your table. See when and where to shop.
People of all ages live safer, healthier, and more productive lives when they have enough nutritious food to eat. Children do better in school, parents perform better at work, and older adults don’t have to choose between eating or paying for other basic needs, such as medications or home heating.
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Have an application sent to you by mail or fax. Call 720-944-4DHS (4347) for more information.
While you cannot apply by phone, you can call 720-944-4DHS (4347) for more information about the application process. Se habla español.
Everyone has the right to healthy, affordable food and we want to make sure you get it. We can help you apply for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and connect you to other food resources in our community, like free summer meals for kids, food pantries, and farm stands.
We can also connect you to resources like LiveWell Colorado's Double Up Food Bucks Colorado program, where you can receive up to half off fresh food you purchase with your EBT card.
The first step in ensuring your children have enough healthy food to eat is to apply for food assistance. Once you’re enrolled, we can connect you to community partners and resources to learn how to make your food dollars stretch further and find ways to prepare quick and healthy snacks and meals for your family.
These resources include the Double Up Food Bucks Colorado program, which matches each SNAP dollar spent at participating locations, and Cooking Matters, a community partner that helps participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals kids will love.
Hunger Free Colorado’s Food Resource Hotline (720-382-2920 in Denver or 855-855-4626 statewide) can help you apply for food assistance and connect you to food pantries and free meal sites in your area. Operators can give you directions, hours of operations, types of food available, holiday meal times and other pertinent information about those pantries and sites, including what to bring and what you need to do to receive food.
LiveWell Colorado also has the list of participating Double Up Food Bucks Colorado locations where SNAP benefits are accepted and matched, to help your food dollars go further.
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.
In addition, during the summer months, SNAP recipients receive 50% off purchases at the Denver Botanic Gardens farm stands that pop up at various locations throughout the season. Finally, youth 18 and under can access free meals during summer months thanks to the Free Summer Meals program.
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With the Explorer Pass, SNAP recipients receive deeply discounted admission to area museums and cultural centers - as low as $1 per person, up to 10 people.
Shop at our Denver Botanic Gardens Farm Stand every Friday June - October for fresh, healthy vegetables and other goods.
LiveWell Colorado's Double Up Food Bucks Colorado program helps SNAP recipients save money at community grocery stores, farmers markets, and farm stands.
For easy, step-by-step cooking videos the whole family will love, head to our YouTube channel.
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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