Services That Can Increase Access

Do you want to help ensure that families in your community have access to nutritious food? Would your food pantry, church, synagogue, senior center, agency or business be a good place to provide outreach materials for food resources and/or offer food stamp application assistance?

Food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is the first line of defense against hunger. It enables eligible households to pay for groceries—putting food on the table for millions of Americans and fueling better, healthier lives.

As part of our work to ensure all Coloradans have access to adequate, nutritious food, the Hunger Free Colorado team provides training, tools and support to community partners throughout the state, in order to make food stamps and other food resources more accessible to individuals and families.

Through our SNAP Outreach initiative, we can offer the following free services:

Interested in SNAP Outreach?

For more information, contact Maryann McLendon, at (303) 228-7976.

Service provider support:

Hunger Free Colorado staff are readily available to answer your questions regarding SNAP outreach and the application process. We also can provide additional outreach materials if your inventory is low.

Statewide SNAP outreach support is available, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:


On-site Application Assistance

Become a food stamp application assistance site and help put food on the table for struggling families and individuals in your community. This service is free to all interested agencies.

Hunger Free Colorado provides the trained and knowledgeable staff, materials and equipment needed to assist your patrons with eligibility screening for all federal nutrition assistance programs as well as completing the online or paper application for food stamps. We have partnered with a variety of organizations and companies for food stamp application assistance like Save-a-lot, Mission Hills Church Food Bank, and Adams County Food Distribution.

For more information, contact Maryann McLendon at (303) 228-7976.


Statewide Food Resource Hotline

The statewide Food Resource Hotline is a bilingual, toll-free number that connects people to food and nutrition resources. It is a free “one-stop” resource that offers geographically-based referrals to both public and private food assistance programs throughout the state. All calls are kept confidential.

Our food assistance navigators provide tailored referrals for federal and charitable food programs from more than 1,200 available resources in the Food Resource Hotline database. They screen for all federal nutrition assistance programs.

Your organization can be a resource for people struggling to make ends meet and put food on their tables. If involved with any type of food assistance, please consider adding your agency to our database. This is not limited to but could include food pantries, congregate meal sites, holiday meal sites, mobile feeding sites, summer meal sites, home-delivered meal programs and nutrition education. Applicable information to share for our hotline database includes your service areas, access requirements (if any), populations served, types of food provided, hours of operation, donations accepted at sites and volunteers needed.

For more information about the Food Resource Hotline, or to become a resource in our database, please email Maryann McLendon.


Assistance for County Department of Human Services

Hunger Free Colorado can assist county Department of Human Services with SNAP outreach. Partnerships are tailored to the area and county’s needs.

We can offer support in a variety of ways, including:

  • Developing a volunteer program for on-site assistance at the county office
  • Targeting areas where there’s an increased need for SNAP outreach
  • Training identified community partners to provide SNAP outreach in their counties
  • Providing counties with Hunger Free Colorado collateral for client distribution to ensure that they are screened for all federal nutrition assistance programs for which they may be eligible.

What do current community partners say about our service?

Working with Hunger Free Colorado has been a great experience for Denver. With the thousands of customers that come in our doors, their staff has assisted with offering a more individual customer service approach to our clients, which allows for a better experience in our lobby. I truly believe in the mission of Hunger Free Colorado and that the collaboration with our agency has been successful and effective.
Lisana Rojas, Denver Human Services

We have had a lot of positive feedback about the volunteers and our new lobby management system.
Tammy Hoffman, Arapahoe County Department of Human Services

If you would like more information about how we can assist your county, contact Maryann McLendon at (303) 228-7976.