What is SNAP?

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP), 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.


Click below to fill out the contact request form or see if you qualify. Our SNAP team will be in touch with you as soon as we can. If you’re on a mobile phone and would prefer to call us and leave a voicemail, call us at 719-666-3849.

Common questions

Here, you'll find many of our frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, don't fret. We're here for you. Call our SNAP hotline: 719-666-3849 or email

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.

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.  

Click HERE to view the current SNAP income eligibility guidelines for Colorado.

CLICK HERE for a list of our current outreach locations. You can also call 719-666-3849 to complete a SNAP application over the phone with our SNAP staff.

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