Help from Hunger Free Colorado hotline.
Anyone that needs help in accessing free food or government benefits can contact Hunger Free Colorado. They provide individuals and families, regardless of their income or other factors, information on a number of programs that can meet their needs. The organization can provide support for everything from applying to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamps to WIC and linage to pantries and soup kitchens. Funding from this service comes from a number of sources, including private donations as well as Kaiser Permanente.
The main service they provide is the Hunger Free Hotline, and it refers all callers to assistance for their situation. It is available to anyone in the state, and there are no conditions in place. As part of this process, the caller will need to provide information on their situation so that a navigator from the Hunger Free organization can provide the most effective resource available.
Staff that man the hotline have databases on all the programs that are available, including the Summer Food Service Program for students, SNAP, commodity food, and much more. They even have information on special seasonal services, such as free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. The customer service representative can provide all of the terms and conditions of these programs as well, including the application process, income thresholds, and all other relevant info. To learn more, call the main number of 855.855.4626 Monday thru Friday. All calls taken and information asked for is kept confidential.
Colorado as well as the federal government also have programs targeted at people of all agencies and backgrounds. Children may be able to benefit from WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) or free school lunches, while seniors have the CSFP commodity program available to them.
All information provided on these will be done in whatever language the caller speaks, as there are bilingual staff members on site. Advice and referrals are also geographically-based, so a caller will learn about what resources are local to them, whether they are in Denver or some other county or city.
In many cases, the navigators can even provide directions to applying for public health nutrition programs. So they can answer questions and they will try to walk someone through the application process to ensure it is completed correctly the first time. They can answer specific questions about the SNAP application, or if someone needs face to face contact, that can be arranged too.
Some of the common food assistance programs that people ask about are as follows, but the organization will offer information on more if needed.
- School Breakfast is for students from low income families during the year. This is after all the most important meal of the day.
- After-school Snacks and Meals - This is also available year round, during holiday or summer breaks. Much of this is provided as part of Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the agency is fully involved in this.
- Free or reduced-price meals are available year round as well for children or students. The Hunger Free Colorado can answer questions on how to enroll into this, and they also partner with local school districts as well as the Colorado Department of Education.
- Referrals are provided to pantries, charities, soup kitchens and more, as Hunger Free has information on all these locations in all towns and counties.
- Older Adult Nutrition includes congregate meal sites or home deliveries. All the food will be nutritionally balanced to meet the needs of senior citizens or the elderly in Colorado.
- New mothers, including single parents, can receive free formula from pantries or public benefits such as WIC, and Hunger Free can provide guidance on this application process too.
- Other possible programs include Emergency Food Assistance (TEFAP), residential care, Meals on Wheels, and many others.
To learn more, call the Hunger Free Colorado hotline. As noted, it is available for all residents, and there are no restrictions on income, age, race, or religion. No matter the issue being faced, the non-profit will do its best to refer people to some type of resource for addressing their needs. Telephone number is 855-855-4626.