Every child in Colorado should be able to access an adequate amount of healthy food to thrive and achieve their potential. Child nutrition programs, including school breakfast, after-school meals and snacks, summer meals, and WIC invest in the health, education and development of Colorado kids.
Need help getting groceries? Or want to find out more about food and nutrition programs for your family and children? Call the statewide, bilingual food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626, or in Metro Denver at (720) 382-2920, anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All calls are kept confidential.
After-school programs provide you with a place to support the academic, social and emotional well-being of your children. For many children and teenagers, the meals and snacks served within this setting can be a great source of nutrition as well as opportunity for them to learn healthy eating habits. When paired with nutritious snacks, these after-school programs create a win-win that benefits a child’s cognitive abilities, physical development, school readiness and future eating habits.
What if my child’s after-school program does not offer meals or snacks? Ask them to look into the after-school component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Child and Adult Care Food Program website, or by calling (303) 692-2330.
How can I spread the word within my community? Download these fliers for more information:
After-school Snacks & Supper Flier (English & Spanish)
To begin mobilizing your community, contact:
- Your local after-school programs
- Your local school officials such as school food service, managers, superintendents, principals, teachers, and school board members
- Local government officials such as the mayor’s office, city council, county commissioners, or other elected officials
- Service organizations such as the local food bank and food pantry organizations in your community
Visit KidsFoodFinder.org to find participating sites in your area from late May through August. The Colorado-based website includes an interactive map that’s easy to use from any device.
To learn more about the statewide summer food program, access these FAQ’s for kids and families
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy food and other services free of charge to Colorado families who qualify. WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under age 5 healthy. WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC. WIC benefits are free and do not need to be repaid.You can participate in WIC if you:
- Meet income guidelines or are enrolled in Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), Colorado Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Assistance/SNAP.
- Live in Colorado.
- Are pregnant or a new mom.
- Have a child younger than 5 years of age.
What does WIC offer?
- Free, healthy food using an eWIC debit card.
- Personalized nutrition consultation.
- Breastfeeding information, support, and breast pumps.
- Referrals to family health and other community services.
For more information, go to www.ColoradoWIC.com.