COVID-19
FOOD RESOURCES DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

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COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has had a deep and immediate impact on our health and economy, impacting Coloradans access to nutritious food. Hunger Free Colorado remains committed to our mission of ending hunger. The following food resources are provided to help you navigate available options and finds ways to help in your community.

CHILD NUTRITION

School Meals

 

This school year, schools and community organizations across Colorado are working hard to ensure that all students (0-18 years of age) can access no-cost meals! If your student is learning in-person, they can receive no-cost meals at school. And if your student is learning remotely or under school age, parents or other trusted adults can pick up meals for students by visiting a community meal site. At your nearby meal site, you can grab a to-go meal for your student. Some locations will allow you to pick up multiple days of meals.

To find your closest meal site, contact your school/school district or visit KidsFoodFinder.org.

 

Fill Out Your School Meals Application:

Your household's school meal application is more than a meal! It also means increased funding for your school and helps your family access discounted internet and phone costs. Check with your child’s school about completing an application or visit your school district’s website.
Schools have a rolling application process for school meals, so you can apply any time during the school year. The information provided in the application is completely confidential and we encourage everyone to apply! Please note: While we strongly encourage you to fill out a school meals application, it will not impact your ability to receive no-cost meals at this time.

 

Are you a school looking to start providing after-school meals in the Denver metro area?
Check out the Denver Food Cluster.

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FOOD PANTRIES

To find nearby food pantries, use our online map.

Our local food pantries and food banks are in desperate need of healthy volunteers and donations. Monetary donations are preferred (so they can use those funds to purchase healthy, fresh foods) but food donations are also appreciated. Please contact a nearby food pantry or one of the food banks below if you’re able to help.

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SNAP

(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

You can check your eligibility and apply for SNAP through the Colorado PEAK website and access additional services by downloading the MyCOBenefits app (available in the Apple app store and Google Play app store). Remember to include all of your contact information, including your phone number, in your SNAP application! This will help you get benefits faster.

Not born in the U.S.? Learn more about accessing benefits!

 

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, processing SNAP applications may take up to several weeks. If you’re planning to apply or are in the process of applying, we also recommend connecting with your local food pantry.

If you receive SNAP, please remember to complete your recertification! A recertification is due every 6 months for the majority of SNAP households. You can do this by returning your recertification packet in the mail or completing it online at ColoradoPeak.secure.force.com. You can also check your recertification date at ColoradoPeak.secure.force.com.

Temporary SNAP Changes:

  • Online Purchasing and Delivery – SNAP beneficiaries can now order their groceries online through Amazon and Walmart. Some additional retailers, like King Soopers, are offering online ordering for curbside pick-up with an EBT card. When placing your pickup order, go to Payment Option and choose “SNAP EBT at Pickup.” When you arrive at your pickup location, swipe your EBT Card to complete your order. At this time, WIC is not currently accepted. Please see the grocer’s websites or call them for more information.

  • Emergency Allotments – Households enrolled in SNAP may receive additional emergency allotments that will temporarily bring their benefit levels up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size. New legislation, passed on Dec. 28, will temporarily increase SNAP benefit levels by 15 percent.              

Have questions on SNAP and food distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out this FAQ page from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

 

For questions concerning EBT cards and food stamp benefit amounts please call the EBT customer service at 1-888-328-2656. For more information, check out this Food Assistance FAQ. 

 

Some county offices have closed and enrollment may be done online or by phone only. Please check with your county human services office. Offices are requesting that clients contact them by phone when possible. You can view up-to-date closures and changes below.

 
 
 
 
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PANDEMIC EBT (P-EBT)

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-2021 school year is coming! 

 

Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, provides families with funds to help purchase food if they have children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and attend a school participating in the
National School Lunch Program. This benefit returns this school year and is being distributed because students missed essential meals while schools were remote or hybrid due to COVID-19.

 

Families can receive up to $136.40 per school month for remote learners and up to $81.84 per school month for hybrid learners to supplement their food budget. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT and P-EBT is not part of public charge. 

 

There is no separate application for P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year. However, families must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals to be eligible for P-EBT. Families should fill out a school meal application before the end of the school year at their school office or through their school website. Benefits will begin issuing in late May and will be issued retroactively for the
2020-2021 school year in lump sum payments. Eligible families that do not participate in SNAP will receive a new P-EBT card per eligible student to their household. Eligible families participating in SNAP will automatically receive benefits on their current EBT card.   

Learn more about P-EBT.

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WIC

(The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

WIC provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding guidance, and community support for income-eligible women who are pregnant or postpartum, or have infants and children up to five years old. 

 

Colorado WIC is still serving clients. Due to COVID-19, many WIC clinics are providing services by phone to protect the health of clients and staff. 

Temporary WIC Changes:

  • Remote Enrollment, Appointments and Nutrition Education  –  Enrollment and nutrition education is remote while clinics are closed to the public. Call your local clinic for more information. To request an appointment, complete this form. 

For updates, visit ColoradoWic.gov/alerts. 

To request an appointment, visit: ColoradoWICsignup.com.

 
 
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OLDER ADULTS & THOSE WITH HEALTH NEEDS

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Below are food assistance programs that meet the needs of older Coloradans:

 

 

If you require assistance applying for these programs, please contact us!

If you need help obtaining nutritious food, please can call the Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado Office at 1-844-COL-ADRC (1-844-265-2372).

 

Information for Meals on Wheels and congregate dining meal pick-up can be found at: VoaColorado.org/GetHelp or by calling 303-297-0408.

 
 
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FOOD RESOURCE HOTLINE

You can check your eligibility and apply for SNAP through the Colorado PEAK website or find nearby community food resources with our online map!


The Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm) is a bilingual (English and Spanish), one-stop resource for local and federal nutrition assistance. Our services are available (for free) to all Coloradans, regardless of legal status. All information is kept confidential. 

The Food Resource Hotline is experiencing very high call volumes. Wait times to leave a message or talk to someone  could be 20-30 minutes. If you call the hotline for assistance and reach our voicemail, please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, and any details about your specific needs and our knowledgeable staff will call you back.

 

Information about food resources can also be found through our referral form. We have a specialized form for organizations referring clients to our hotline.

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ECONOMIC IMPACT “STIMULUS” PAYMENTS

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Economic impact statements, commonly known as stimulus payments, were passed to provide economic relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These payments will not be taxed and will not impact program eligibility.

 

  • Non-filers can enter payment info in this IRS Portal to receive their impact payment

 
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COLLEGE STUDENTS

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
Temporary SNAP policy changes are making it easier for low-income college students to get help purchasing food. If you have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 on your most recent FAFSA, or if you are eligible for work study (even if you are not participating) you may be eligible for $234 per month or more in SNAP benefits. To apply for SNAP, visit 
Colorado.gov/PEAK.


For more information on SNAP and college students during the COVID-19 pandemic, 
check out our new guide!

 

Additional Resources
College students can get more information about changes and resources on the
Colorado Department of Higher Education’s website. 

 

To find nearby food pantries, use our online map, fill out our referral form, or call our Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm). 

 
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Spread the Word

  • Refer anyone who might need help locating food to our online map or Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm). 

  • Share the link our Kids Food Finder (with locations of summer meal sites open to all Coloradans, 18 and under). 

Volunteer or Donate

Our local food pantries and food banks are in desperate need of healthy volunteers and donations. Monetary donations are preferred (so they can use those funds to purchase healthy, fresh foods) but food donations are also appreciated. Please contact a nearby food pantry or one of the food banks below if you’re able to help.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities 

Advocate for Change

  • Share your story of how COVID-19 has impacted food access or your view on food. Use #myfoodstory on Facebook or Twitter or use our online story form.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

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ADDITIONAL LINKS/INFO

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General COVID-19 Resources

 

 

Immigrant and Language Service Assistance

Area-specific Assistance