Food Assistance

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Food Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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:

  • If you or your household could be eligible for SNAP benefits
  • How to apply for SNAP benfits
  • How to use the EBT card (Colorado Quest Card)
  • Non-Discrimination Statement

SNAP-Ed

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.


Food Distribution
Household Programs - Commodity Supplemental Food Program & The Emergency Food Assistance Program

The CDHS Food Distribution Program program works directly with households in need of food assistance throughout Colorado. There are 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. 

For details on how CSFP and TEFAP can help your family, visit the Food Distribution Programs page to learn about:

  • How CSFP and TEFAP can help your family
  • Civil Rights, Commodity Alert System & Disaster Feeding
  • Tools for Agencies/Business Partners
  • Schools & Child Nutrition USDA Foods

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.

  • For children: NSLP provides nutritious meals that contain 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of necessary nutrients.
  • For parents: The program offers a convenient method of providing a nutritionally balanced lunch at the lowest possible price.
  • For schools: The program enhances children's learning abilities by contributing to their physical and mental well being. Studies have shown that children whose nutritional needs are met have fewer attendance and discipline problems and are more attentive in class.

 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 Schools & Child Nutrition USDA Foods page to learn more, and to find these resources: 


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