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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the food assistance program in Colorado, formerly known as food stamps. SNAP provides food assistance benefits as part of a federal nutrition program to help low-income households purchase food.
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are issued to receive the SNAP benefits for a household and can be used at most grocery stores to buy food with those SNAP benefits, ensuring that families have access to a healthy diet.
Visit the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) page to learn about:
Double Up Food Bucks is a program that doubles the value of SNAP benefits at participating markets and food retail stores. Learn more about this benefit for Colorado's families, farmers and communities here.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is the nutrition education and obesity prevention arm of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). SNAP-Ed uses evidence-based, comprehensive approaches to improve the likelihood that low-income families want and are able to make healthier food and physical activity choices, consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.gov, on a limited budget.
The CDHS Food Distribution Programs work directly with households in need of food assistance throughout Colorado. The two programs currently administered by this office are The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program, (TEFAP). Learn more about these programs on the USDA website.
CSFP is a federally funded program that provides USDA foods to participants who are pregnant, breastfeeding, up to one year postpartum, children up to their sixth birthday, and seniors 60 years of age or older.
TEFAP is a federally funded program that provides USDA foods to low-income households.
USDA foods provided through the FDP are a nutritious form of food assistance that includes meats, fish, poultry, grains, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and beans. The FDP relies on a partnership of the entire community; including the Food and Dairy Industry, Federal and State Governments, and Local Agencies for the ongoing success to meet the demands of our clients.
Visit the Food Distribution Programs page to learn about:
National School Lunch Program USDA Foods
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), established under the National School Lunch Act in 1946, is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Every school day the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nutritious meals to more than 28 million low-income children nationwide.
In addition to financial assistance, the program provides donated commodity foods to help reduce lunch program costs.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is sister program to the NSLP. Just because the school year may have ended, the need for good nutrition for school-age children hasn't. The SFSP provides good, nutritious food that's "in" when school is "out." This program was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.
Visit the Child Nutrition and Schools page to learn more, and to find these resources:
Visit the training page and expand the Food Distribution Training section to explore the Food Distribution Program Training Library.
Office of Economic Security
Food Assistance Program
1575 Sherman St., 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1714
Phone: 800.536.5298 | Fax: 303.866.5098
Click to download the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.
Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.
Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:
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