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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. 

 

 

In Person

Come to any of our offices to pick up an application. Se habla español. 
Monday–Friday 
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Mail or Fax

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

 

Phone

While you cannot apply by phone, you can call 720-944-4DHS (4347) for more information about the application process. 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 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 participants also receive discounted admission to a number of Denver’s premiere museums and cultural centers through the $1 Museum and Cultural Center Admission Program. 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 percent 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. 

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.

Stop by one of our offices during regular business hours and apply in person.

 


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.

 

The $1 Museum and Cultural Center Admission Program offers discounted admission to area museums and cultural centers for $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.

 


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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Colorado Works

Monthly cash assistance for individuals and families, plus connections to community resources to help you get back on your feet.

 
 

Colorado PEAK

See if you're eligible and apply online for benefits, including food, cash, medical insurance, and early childhood assistance.

 
 

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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.

 

City Assistance

Call 3-1-1

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


 

 

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