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Am I Eligible? | How Do I Apply? | EBT Card | SNAP-Ed
Note to SNAP recipients: You may see additional funds show up on your EBT card by Jan. 20. This is NOT a bonus payment; it is your February payment, which was moved up because of the federal government shutdown. Please plan your food purchases carefully, as your benefits will need to last. Learn more here.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a 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.
Things to Know:
Am I Eligible?
Most low-income households can get food assistance. To see if you qualify for SNAP benefits, click here to complete a pre-screening tool.
There are some basic rules for the SNAP program and a list of verifications you may need to provide to your local county office to determine your eligibility:
How Do I Apply?
Please fill out as much of the application as you can. If you need help or don't understand a question, a staff member can help you complete your application.
What happens after I have completed an application and returned it to the county office?
Application Assistance Provider Areas (click to enlarge and/or download)
SNAP benefits are issued on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, called the Colorado Quest Card. It looks like a credit or bank card and can be used at any Food and Nutrition Services authorized store across the country to purchase food.
Each month your benefits will be deposited into your Colorado Quest account on the same day, even if it falls on a weekend or holiday.
A personal identification number (PIN) is assigned to access the account. Keep this number safe. If your card is lost or stolen, it can't be used by anyone who does not know the PIN number.
Register for an EBT card or manage your account here.
Learn more about how to use your EBT card with these reference guides, or call EBT customer service at 1.888.328.2656 or 1.800.659.2656 (TTY):
Find out more about using your EBT card on the Food Assistance FAQs page.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (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. It provides education, social marketing campaigns, and environmental support for healthy eating behaviors and physical activity in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 territories. SNAP-Ed helps assure that the investment in SNAP pays off.
Why does SNAP-Ed matter?
SNAP-Ed is an ounce of prevention to staggering chronic disease rates and their associated healthcare costs. Research shows that by reducing residents’ body mass index (BMI) by just five percent by 2030, each and every state could prevent the onset of thousands to millions of obesity-related diseases while saving billions of dollars in health care costs. While most Americans’ diets, regardless of income, fall far short of recommendations for good health and contribute to excess rates of preventable diseases, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension are highest and occur at younger ages in low-income and minority groups.State SNAP-Ed programs operate ‘upstream’ at all levels – neighborhoods, cities, counties, regions and statewide to target these groups with efficient, evidence-based obesity prevention. They promote healthy behaviors and help create conditions where the healthy choice is the easy, preferred choice, sparing low-income families preventable health problems and their associated costs to society.
What returns does SNAP-Ed expect?
State-based SNAP-Ed programs work with other nutrition and public health programs targeting low-income families to leverage resources for maximum impact. By comprehensively helping families achieve the Dietary Guidelines, SNAP-Ed aims to reduce the onset of preventable disease and disparities in disease rates between low- and higher-income Americans. The agricultural sector as a whole also benefits from increased market demand for healthful food as a result of SNAP-Ed, particularly if the Dietary Guidelines were achieved.Other benefits of improved nutrition include improved school attendance, worker productivity, healthier communities, and improved readiness for military service.
Who does SNAP-Ed help?
Nearly 95 million Americans are eligible for SNAP-Ed, having incomes below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (a common criterion for means-tested poverty programs and the threshold at which household food insecurity dramatically increases). Over 59 million SNAP-Ed eligible Americans had incomes <130% FPL, the eligibility level for SNAP.
How does SNAP-Ed complement SNAP?
In 2011, almost 15% of all American households and 21%of all households with children, were food insecure.Since SNAP-Ed promotes the health benefits of SNAP and focuses on making healthy choices within a limited budget, it builds on the short-term economic and nutritional value of SNAP food dollars while equipping SNAP-Ed eligible Americans to make better long-term food and lifestyle choices. Essentially, SNAP gives a family a fish, while SNAP-Ed teaches a family to fish.
Why is SNAP-Ed important among USDA programs?
SNAP-Ed is the one USDA program that brings the powerful combination of education, marketing, and environmental support to low-income communities. SNAP-Ed can be delivered anywhere that food and physical activity decisions are made, often through mass media, and with partners at schools, worksites, retail food stores, and faith communities. SNAP-Ed interventions are customized for different rural, urban, age, ethnic, cultural and regional settings. State SNAP-Ed programs work with governmental, non-profit and business partners toward long-term, large-scale change. SNAP-Ed materials and messaging are available to – and improve the effectiveness of – other USDA programming.
Empowering SNAP participants to make healthy food choices through SNAP-Ed is a win for everyone. SNAP-Ed is a central, valued core benefit of SNAP that strengthens the program while improving the lives of recipients and other low-income families. SNAP is the cornerstone of USDA’s food security system and deserves to be recognized as a health promotion program.
What has SNAP-Ed achieved?
Nutrition Education Resources
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Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Phone: 303-866-5106 | Toll-Free: 1-888-467-0418
SNAP-Education: 1-844-393-SNAP (7627)
Emergency Line: 720-454-5575
1575 Sherman St, 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80203
NSLP Program Specialist303-866-5100
Senior Program Specialist303-866-3113
SNAP-Ed Program Administrator303-866-3323
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