- Check your eligibility/benefits with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool
- Food Assistance is a program to assist with the cost of food. Anyone may apply.
- If you are eligible, you must receive your benefits within certain time frames (see Processing Time).
- If you need food right away and you meet certain guidelines, you may be eligible to expedited Food Assistance.
Food Eligibility Guidelines
- Individuals and/or families can get Food Assistance if they meet certain income requirements, click here to find out income requirements.
- Examples of income are money you get from employment, child support, unemployment or Social Security.
- The person or family also cannot have more than $2,000 in resources.
- If the household has elderly and/or disabled members, then they cannot have more than $3,000 in resources.
- Examples of resources are money in your bank accounts, your retirement plans or investments.
- Income and resources from your husband/wife (legally married or common law) and children count.
- Households with resources that do not exceed $100 and who have less than $150 in gross monthly income in the month of application may be able to get their application processed faster.
- Aid to the Blind (AB) provides financial assistance to low-income people of any age who meet the social security definition of blindness.
- Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) provides financial assistance to low-income people over age 18 who have total disability lasting six months or longer that prevents them from working.
- Home Care Allowance (HCA) provides financial assistance to elderly and disabled individuals for services paid directly to a home care provider of the client’s choice.
- Old Age Pension provides financial help for residents age 60 or older with little or no income.
- Adult Foster Care (AFC) provides a cash assistance program for individuals that need protective oversight on a 24-hour basis.
- Connect for Health Colorado is Colorado’s Health Insurance Marketplace to apply for financial assistance to help reduce your costs and get access to free, in-person help available statewide.
- Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) is program is for low-income eligible adults.
- Eligibility is based on citizenship, legal residence, and household income.
- Provides medical benefits including inpatient and outpatient hospital, physician services, child checks-up, immunizations, vision care, including prescription glasses, prescription drugs, dental and mental health care.
- For adults over age 21 dental and vision benefits may be limited and may incur co-pay for services.
- Old Age Pension (OAP) provides Medicaid for eligible applicants age 60 or older.
- Long-Term Care (LTC) provides assistance to individuals who are Medicaid eligible and need help to pay for services in their home or medical facility for more than 30 days.
- Medicare Cost Savings Program (QMB, SLMB. QI-1) provides assistance for individuals receiving Medicare Part A.
- Emergency Medicaid provides assistance for non-citizens who need help with an emergency medical expense.
- You may file an application one of three ways:
- Benefits will be paid from the filing date. The filing date is the date your application is received.
- You must have an interview, the interview may be over the phone.