Getting Food Stamp Benefits


Need help getting groceries?

Food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP), provides families and individuals 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.

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.


FAP Food Stamp HelpView the calendar below.

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

Contact the statewide, bilingual food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626 to find out if you qualify for any federal nutrition assistance program and how to apply, which can be done by phone. All calls are kept confidential.

Our food assistance navigators can assist with the food stamp application process you and answer any questions that you may have. They can screen for potential SNAP/food stamp eligibility, help you apply during the call, answers specific questions regarding the application and re-certification process, and prepare you for the next steps in the interview process.

The food resource hotline:

  • Provides assistance in English and Spanish
  • Serves as a “one-stop” resource to help you navigate federal and charitable food programs
  • Screens for all federal nutrition assistance programs
  • Assist with applying for food stamps by phone
  • Keeps all information confidential
  • Is open to all individuals, regardless of legal status, in Colorado

Call our food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626. It’s open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and after-hour calls are returned the next business day.


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 and individuals 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 it’s scheduled to make a stop in your area, view the Your Neighborhood Food Truck online calendar or call our food resource 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 call our food resource hotline at (855) 855-4626 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 our food resource 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.