Child Nutrition

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 snackssummer 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.

School Breakfast

Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Eating school breakfast improves children’s educational performance, behavior and health. As a parent, you can get involved in helping ensure that your children and other students get the most important meal of the day.

Hunger Free Colorado works with the Colorado Department of Education, school districts, schools and communities to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program, such as via Breakfast After the Bell, so more students have a nutritious start to their school day.

Families who qualify can enroll their children in free or reduced-price school meals. Schools have a rolling application process, so families can apply and see if they qualify anytime throughout the year. Check with your child’s school about completing an application.


After-School Meals & Snacks

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.

Find an after-school site near you! Call our statewide, bilingual food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626 or in the Denver Metro area at (720) 382-2920.

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

Summer Meals for Kids

Every summer, hundreds of community sites across Colorado offer nutritious meals for no cost to children and teenagers, 18 years and younger, at safe and fun KFF Logo 2104locations.

Visit 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.

Or, call our statewide, bilingual food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626 or in the Denver Metro area at (720) 382-2920, anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To learn more about the statewide summer food program, access these FAQ’s for kids and families

Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

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