New SNAP Outreach initiative assists organizations, helps struggling families in Colorado

Do you want to help ensure that families in your community have access to nutritious food? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is the first line of defense against hunger. It enables eligible households to pay for groceries—literally putting food on the table for more millions of Americans.

Right now, there are more than 800,000 people in Colorado at risk of hunger—from children to seniors. Unfortunately, only 48% of eligible Coloradans receive SNAP benefits, meaning thousands are struggling without the support of this public health, nutrition program.

Hunger Free Colorado was launched in 2009 to ensure that every Coloradan has access to adequate, nutritious food. As part of our work, we provide training, tools and support to community partners in order to make SNAP more accessible to individuals and families.

You can help fight hunger as a partner, volunteer and ambassador.

We want community groups to join us in our efforts through our new SNAP Outreach initiative. By adding SNAP Outreach as a service, organizations not only will assist current clients but also be able to support additional people in need.

Hunger Free Colorado can offer free assistance with:

  • Conducting SNAP application assistance on-site at your location
    We send staff members to community-based organizations—food pantries, congregate meal sites, community centers, senior housing, grocery stores and other locations—and help people sign up for SNAP using Colorado’s online application, the Program Eligibility Application Kit (PEAK).
  • Training your staff or volunteers to provide on-site SNAP application assistance
    Through this new training program, we equip staff members and volunteers of community-based organizations—like yours—with the tools and information needed to conduct SNAP application assistance on-site. The comprehensive training will prepare your staff or volunteers to assist clients through the application process and answer questions about several public assistance programs.
  • Adding your agency to our resource list for the Hunger Free Hotline
    Your organization can be a resource for people at risk of or experiencing hunger. The Hunger Free Hotline is a free, multilingual “one-stop” resource that offers geographically-based referrals to both public and private food assistance programs throughout the state. All calls are kept confidential.

We hope that you will consider becoming involved as well as sharing this information with your networks. Together, we can help those facing the reality of hunger.

To find out more about SNAP Outreach, please contact Amanda Garrad, Food Assistance Program Manager for Hunger Free Colorado, at amanda@hungerfreecolorado.org or call (303) 228-7959.

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About Michelle Ray

Michelle is the Director of Communications for Hunger Free Colorado.

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