Getting Food Stamp Benefits

Food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP) provides individuals and families in need with financial resources to purchase groceries. Those eligible for benefits can include families, children, individuals, elderly, immigrants, refugees, asylees, disabled individuals, the unemployed and underemployed as well as those experiencing homelessness.

You may not know, but the following households may qualify for food stamps or another public nutrition assistance program:

  • Working families
  • Seniors who are not working
  • Undocumented immigrants do not, but family members—including children—may if they are U.S. citizens

Learn how to find out if you qualify and where you can go for food stamp screening and application assistance.


How do I find out if myself or family members qualify? 

Call the statewide, multilingual Hunger Free Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to find out if you qualify for any federal nutrition assistance program and how to apply. All calls are kept confidential.

Our food assistance navigators can screen for potential SNAP eligibility, provide tailored assistance in applying for SNAP, answers specific questions regarding the food stamp application, prepare you for the next steps in the SNAP interview process and answer questions about the re-certification process. They can answer any question that you may have about food stamps in Colorado.

The Hunger Free Hotline:

  • Provides assistance in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Serves as a “one-stop” resource to help you navigate federal and charitable food programs
  • Screens for all federal nutrition assistance programs
  • Keeps all information confidential
  • Is open to all individuals, regardless of legal status

 

Where can I go for screening and application assistance?

Our mobile program, Your Neighborhood Food Truck, visits local neighborhoods throughout the Denver metro area to connect families to needed food resources in a comfortable, confidential setting. It travels to a variety of sites, including health clinics, grocery stores, recreation centers, senior housing and community events. To find out if Your Neighborhood Food Truck is scheduled to make a stop in your area, view the Your Neighborhood Food Truck online calendar or call the Hunger Free Hotline at (855) 855-4626.

We also work with community-based organizations to offer food stamp eligibility screening and application assistance on-site at various locations throughout the Denver metro area. You can meet with a Hunger Free Colorado staff member at one of the locations listed below. You also may visit your county’s human services office or contact the Hunger Free Hotline to find out about other groups that offer food stamp application assistance in your area.

*Please note that the times and locations may change. You are encouraged to call the Hunger Free Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to confirm information before visiting one of our sites.