The older adult population is rapidly growing, and more are experiencing hunger across Colorado and the nation. It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 9 Colorado seniors were unsure of when or where they would get their next meal at some point in 2010.
After a lifetime of working, many Colorado seniors are left to fend for themselves and face the question: Do I buy needed medication or food? Some just do not have the resources to access or prepare food due to lack of transportation, functional limitations or health concerns.
A number of nutrition assistance programs exist to end hunger in Colorado, and some have been designed specifically to meet the needs of older Coloradans. They include:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps
- Child and Adult Care Food Program for Seniors (CACFP)
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors (CSFP)
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
- Home-delivered meals (Meals on Wheels)
- Congregate feeding programs
- Adult day and residential care programs
- Food banks and food pantries
You can find out more about available options, as well as how to apply, at one of our assistance sites, through Your Neighborhood Food Truck, our mobile program, or by calling our statewide, confidential Hunger Free Hotline at (855) 855-4626.
Hunger Free Colorado works with older Coloradans to ensure that they have access to adequate, nutritious food. Our food assistance navigators can provide one-on-one assistance to determine eligibility for federal and charitable nutrition programs, answer questions about nutrition assistance programs, as well as help complete any needed applications or forms.