Food Resource Hotline

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Help is just a phone call away for families, seniors and other individuals who are seeking food assistance anywhere in Colorado.

The statewide food resource hotline, also known as the Hunger Free Hotline, is a bilingual toll-free number that connects Coloradans to needed food and nutrition resources. It is a free “one-stop” resource that offers geographically-based referrals to both public and private food assistance programs across the state.

The hotline:

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

Our food assistance navigators provide helpful and thorough referrals based on each caller’s need. They not only answer questions but also ensure that callers receive needed information—from directions to applying for public health nutrition programs.

Call the bilingual food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626, or in Metro Denver at (720) 382-2920. It’s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Messages left after-hours or on a weekend will be returned the next business day. (If you are hearing impaired, call Relay Colorado at 7-1-1 or 1-800-659-2656.)

What help is available?

We can connect Colorado families and individuals to SNAP/food stamps, food pantries, free meal sites, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and other nutrition programs geared towards families, children and seniors.

Food assistance navigators also can provide:

  • Help applying for SNAP/food stamps by phone and answer specific questions about the application process
  • Referrals to food pantries and free meal sites in your area, including directions, hours of operations, types of food available, holiday meal times and other pertinent information
  • Dates, times and locations of nearby sites participating in the statewide summer meals program for kids and teens
  • Nearby locations where one-on-one assistance is available with the SNAP/food stamp application process
  • Other information about food and nutrition resources in Colorado

What happens when I call?

Food assistance navigators ask callers high-level screening questions, so their recommendations can be tailored to each caller’s unique situation in English and Spanish. They provide callers with detailed information about eligibility requirements and help prepare clients to apply for and access the federal nutrition assistance programs, like SNAP/food stamps.

For more information about the food resource hotline, please email Maryann McLendon or call (855) 855-4626, or in Metro Denver at (720) 382-2920.


Thanks to Kaiser Permanente for helping us launch the Hunger Free Hotline in 2011.