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Food Assistance (SNAP)

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.

 
 

How To Apply

Online

Apply 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 on the link, it will take you outside of the Denver Human Services portal.

 

In Person

Our offices are closed to the public until further notice to protect the health and safety of the community and help limit the spread of COVID-19.

While our offices are closed, applications for assistance can still be picked up and dropped off at any of our offices.

 

Mail or Fax

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

You may mail your completed application to 1200 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80402 or fax it to 720-944-3094.
 

 

Phone

While you cannot apply by phone, you can call 720-944-4DHS (4347) for more information about the application process or for updates regarding your application. Se habla español. 




 

What You Need To Know

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 area farmers markets.

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.

Food Pantries and Hot Meals in Denver

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.

There are also programs that provide free meals for Denver youth, including the Tasty Food for Denver's Kids program from the Office of Children's Affairs, and free breakfast, lunch, a dinner services from Denver Public Schools.

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.

Finally, youth 18 and under can access free meals during summer months thanks to the Free Summer Meals program. 

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

Get Started »

Apply for food assistance online with Colorado PEAK, or call us at 720-944-4DHS (4347) for more information on how to apply.

While our offices are currently closed, paper applications are available to pickup and there are boxes to submit completed applications at each of our offices.

 


You May Also Find Helpful

 

 

Food Bank of the Rockies distributes free food at dozens of different locations throughout Denver. Find the location nearest you.

 

Metro Caring works with our community to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food and offers innovative programming in healthy foods access, nutrition education and cooking classes, and more. Make a food appointment.

 

With the Explorer PassSNAP recipients receive deeply discounted admission to area museums and cultural centers - as low as $1 per person, up to 10 people.

 

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.

 


In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax:
    (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 
 

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Locations

Main Office, Richard T. Castro Human Services Center
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
 

 

Customer Service

720-944-4DHS (4347)

If you need Colorado Relay/TTY services in Denver, please call 711. If you need Spanish-language relay services, please call 800-337-3242.

 

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Call 3-1-1

Outside Denver: 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911
TTY Service: 720-913-8479


 

 

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