The older adult population is rapidly growing, and more are experiencing hunger across Colorado and the nation. It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 7 Colorado seniors were unsure of when or where they would get their next meal at some point in 2012.
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, in order to maintain their health and independence.
A number of food assistance programs and community resources, such as SNAP and community meal sites, are specifically designed to meet the needs of older Coloradans—from dietary restrictions to limited transportation.
Older adults (age 60 years and above) can interact with others from their community and enjoy a free nutritious meal at sites across Colorado. Community (congregate) meal sites provide an opportunity to meet new people and build relationships. All meals must meet older adult dietary guidelines and are approved by a dietician. To locate a nearby community meal site, click on the map below and provide an address.
A number of nutrition programs exist 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 (like Meals on Wheels)
- Congregate feeding programs (community meal sites)
- Adult day and residential care programs
- Food banks and food pantries
You can find out more about available options by calling our confidential Hunger Free Hotline at (855) 855-4626, visiting Your Neighborhood Food Truck, our mobile program, or by contacting our Older Adult Nutrition team at 303-228-7945.
Hunger Free Colorado works with older Coloradans to ensure that they have access to adequate, nutritious food. Our Older Adult Nutrition team 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.