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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Grocery Dollars for those who qualify.

We are here to help you get the food you need.  If you don’t see the information you need, please contact Elizabeth Martin at 719-434-5273 or snap@careandshare.org.   Elizabeth is here to assist you in any way she can.

What is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP?

SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a monthly allocation of dollars for individuals and families who need help getting enough food. Each month, your food credit is loaded onto a debit card, which allows you to buy nutritious food from grocery stores and other food retailers.  If you are struggling to make ends meet, SNAP can help you put food on the table and in the cupboard if you meet the eligibility requirements.  SNAP is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Human Services manages and directs the program in Colorado.

Even if you are also receiving assistance from food pantries and soup kitchens, you may still apply for SNAP.  This benefit is available for people of all ages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I get my monthly SNAP allocation?

Once you have qualified for SNAP, you will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card that looks and works like a bank ATM card. When you go through the checkout line at a supermarket, you swipe the EBT card through the payment machine at the checkout stand. Then you enter a four digit PIN code. The cost of the food is subtracted from your SNAP account automatically - just like a bankcard.  SNAP EBT cards are accepted at most grocery stores and supermarkets. It is fast, simple and discreet. 

Q. What foods can I expect to receive with SNAP?

SNAP benefits will help to stretch your food dollar! You can purchase food items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, fish, chicken, and cereals. You cannot use your SNAP EBT card to buy soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, tobacco or anything else that is not food.

For a full list of foods you can buy with your SNAP EBT card, click here.  

Q. How do I know if I qualify for SNAP?

You can determine if you qualify for SNAP by checking out the website or we will be happy to assist you, answer questions, and help you complete the application. 

Residents of Colorado can now complete a preliminary eligibility screening online. All you have to do is complete a simple, fast, and anonymous online application and you’ll receive immediate feedback concerning your eligibility. You can also print out an application, get relevant contact information, and find out lots more about SNAP here

Q. Where can I go for more information?

Even more information is online and our staff is here to help too! Call 719-434-5728 or email SNAP@careandshare.org to speak to our SNAP Analyst, Elizabeth Martin. 

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