The Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP)—known as the Food Assistance Program in Colorado—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 SNAP 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
Find Out If You 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 SNAP 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 SNAP 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
Our mobile outreach program, Your Neighborhood Food Truck, visits local neighborhoods throughout the Denver metro area to connect families to needed food resources. It travels to a variety of sites, including health clinics, grocery stores, recreation centers, senior housing and community events in targeted areas. To find out if Your Neighborhood Food Truck is scheduled to make a stop in your area, view the online calendar or call the Hunger Free Hotline at (855) 855-4626.
As part of our Grocery Initiative, we partner with area grocery stores to help struggling families and individuals access the public health program that serves as a safety net during times of need. Our trained and knowledgeable staff members assist shoppers on-site with SNAP eligibility screening, completing the online or paper SNAP application, and providing food assistance referrals such as to the Hunger Free Hotline.
We also work with community-based organizations to offer SNAP application assistance throughout the Denver metro area. You also may visit your county’s human services office.
*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 SNAP application assistance sites.