Food

If you need food, start by calling the Food Resource Hotline at 855-855-4626. If you live in the Denver metro area call 720-382-2920. Their operators will tell you the locations and hours of the closest free meal or food pantry. Operators can also sign you up for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as food stamps.

You can also call 211 and their operators will tell you the locations of food banks near you.

Listed below are several places that are like a restaurant, except they understand you may not have the money to pay for the full cost of the meal. These wonderful organizations provide healthy fresh food and a warm place to rest. COVID-19 UPDATE: During this time, it’s best to check websites and call all organizations to confirm hours before going.

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Cafe 180

3315 S Broadway, Englewood CO 80113

Denver Metro

Englewood

Cafe 180 provides fresh food made from scratch. They take donations instead of charging fixed prices, so if you can afford the $10-12 suggested donation, that's great. If you can't, you can make a donation. They want anyone to eat healthy food, regardless of their ability to pay. Apprenticeship opportunities are also available.

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Department of Human Services

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Statewide

Don't forget to ask about SNAP/food assistance at your county's Department of Human Services. Click on website to find the statewide list of DHS offices. You may be eligible for food assistance if you’re unemployed or work part time or don’t make much money, receive other public assistance, are elderly or disabled and have a small income, or are homeless. If you think you’re eligible, apply for food assistance right away. It can take up to a month to get started with the program. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive monthly benefits that are issued on the Colorado Quest Card, which looks like a credit card.

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Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626, 720-382-2920 Denver Metro)

Statewide

Hunger Free Colorado provides a Food Resource Hotline for current info on food pantries and free meal locations throughout Colorado. If you're looking for food, start by calling the hotline. Operators will also help you sign up for SNAP/food assistance. Calls to the Food Resource Hotline are confidential and they help everyone, regardless of legal status. English and Spanish.

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Pandemic EBT Program

Funding for families with children who receive free or reduced-price school meals

Statewide

Do you have children who received free or reduced-price school meals before COVID-19 closed down the schools? The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program may be able to help your family out. It funds households with an EBT card with the value of the free school breakfast and lunch reimbursement rates for the days that schools have been closed in March, April, and May, which equals $5.70 per day. Those funds can then be spent on eligible food items at many local and online retail stores. Click on the website link to learn more. There is a good frequently asked questions section.

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Recovery Cafe–Longmont

402 Kimbark St, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

Recovery Café Longmont supports adults as they rebuild their lives and break the cycle of addiction, or overcome a recent crisis or trauma. Recovery Café Longmont is open Tuesday - Saturday from noon to 4pm with a communal meal served at 12:30pm. Membership is free and all are welcome. Members must be drug and alcohol free for 24-hours, contribute to the Café and to the healing of others, and attend a weekly Recovery Circle.

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Summer Meals 2020

Statewide

Summer Meals provide no-cost, nutritious meals to youth 18 and under, regardless of immigration status. There’s no registration, application, or identification required to get a meal. To find a site near you, text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 or click on the website link and enter your address. Really! You'll get a list of locations where you can pick up a meal. During the pandemic locations can serve more than one meal at a time, offer grab-and-go meals, and parents can pick up the meals without children present.

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United Way’s 211

Statewide

Call 2-1-1 to ask an operator about food banks and food pantries in your city. You can also search by city on the website for a food bank near you. During business hours you can call an operator, do a live chat online, or text your zip code to 898-211. Outside business hours, search the resource database.

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