The older adult population is rapidly growing, and more are experiencing hunger across Colorado and the nation. It’s estimated that more than 1 in 8 Colorado seniors are unsure of when or where they would get their next meal. After a lifetime of working, many Colorado seniors are left to fend for themselves and face the question: Do I buy needed medication or food? Some just do not have the resources to access or prepare food, in order to maintain their health and independence. A number of food assistance programs and community resources, such as SNAP and community meal sites, are specifically designed to meet the needs of older Coloradans—from dietary restrictions to limited transportation.
A number of nutrition programs exist to meet the needs of older Coloradans. They include:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps
- Child and Adult Care Food Program for Seniors (CACFP)
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors (CSFP)
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
- Home-delivered meals (like Meals on Wheels)
- Congregate feeding programs (community meal sites)
- Adult day and residential care programs
- Food banks and food pantries
You can find out more about available options by calling our confidential Hunger Free Hotline at (855) 855-4626 or in the Denver Metro area at (720) 382-2920. Hunger Free Colorado works with older Coloradans to ensure that they have access to adequate, nutritious food. Our team can provide assistance to determine eligibility for federal and charitable nutrition programs, answer questions about nutrition assistance programs, as well as help complete any needed applications or forms.