Getting Food Stamp Benefits

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GroceriesNeed help getting groceries? Food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP) and formally known as the Food Assistance Program in Colorado, provides families and individuals with financial resources to purchase groceries. Those eligible for benefits can include families, children, individuals, elderly, immigrants, refugees, asylees, disabled individuals, the unemployed and underemployed as well as those experiencing homelessness. Get more SNAP/food stamp facts.

The following households may qualify for food stamps or another public nutrition assistance program:

  • Working families
  • Seniors who are not working
  • Undocumented immigrants do not, but family members—including children—may if they are U.S. citizens

Learn how to find out if you qualify and where you can go for eligibility screening and application assistance.

How do I find out if I or other family members qualify? 

Call the statewide, bilingual food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626, or use (720)-382-2920 in the Denver Metro area, to find out if you qualify for any federal nutrition assistance program and how to apply, which can be done by phone. All calls are kept confidential.

Our food assistance navigators can assist with the food stamp application process and answer any questions that you may have. They can screen for potential SNAP/food stamp eligibility, help you apply during the call, answer specific questions regarding the application and re-certification process, and prepare you for the next steps in the interview process.

The food resource hotline:

  • Provides assistance in English and Spanish
  • Serves as a “one-stop” resource to help 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

Call our statewide food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626 or at (720) 382-2920 for those in the Denver Metro area. It’s open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and after-hour calls are returned the next business day.

Where can I go for screening and application assistance?

We partner with community-based organizations throughout the Denver metro area to connect families and individuals to needed food resources. We offer SNAP/food stamp eligibility screening and application assistance at a variety of locations, including health clinics, grocery stores, recreation centers, senior housing and community events. To find out about other groups that offer food stamp application assistance in your area, visit your county’s human services office or call our statewide food resource hotline at (855) 855-4626.

*Please note that the times and locations may change due to inclement weather or other factors. You are encouraged to call our food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to confirm information before visiting one of our sites.

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