Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
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.
Who can I contact for more information?
We are here to help you get the food you need. If you don’t see the information you need, please contact Kelly Whitcombe in Colorado Springs at 719-434-5723 or Kelly@careandshare.org. In Pueblo please contact Jo Stinchcomb at 719-418-4305 or Jo@careandshare.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
Click here for a list of our current outreach locations. You can also call 719-434-5723 and complete a SNAP application over the phone with our SNAP manager.
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