Food Assistance

icon_foodA person or family can apply anytime for Food Assistance. Your income from employment, self-employment, child support, unemployment, Pensions, Social Security, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security income, or rental income all count toward being eligible to receive assistance. Basic eligibility is calculated on the gross monthly income received, before taxes have been deducted.

All individuals who apply for food assistance in Colorado and do not meet federal exemption criteria must participate in Employment First Program.

Notice to all Client who Use the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card

Colorado clients are experiencing issues with their benefits being stolen.  Colorado EBT card numbers are being used in California even though the thief does not have possession of the Colorado EBT card.  This is called “cloning”.   Colorado has now blocked 95% of all cities in California due to the growth of this problem.  Please click here to get more information about how to protect yourself and what to do if you have to travel to California.

If you would like to set-up direct deposit to a bank account for your cash and/or food benefits or would prefer to get a KeyBank debit card for your cash benefits only, please call the Department at 303-688-4825 extension 5341 or come into our office at 4400 Castleton Court, Castle Rock.

Monthly Income Eligibility Standards

Households that do not have resources above $100 and who have less than $150 in monthly gross income, during the month of application, may be eligible for expedited food assistance. This means from the date of application, you will receive food assistance within seven days.

Chart of 2018-2019 Food Assistance poverty level guidelines

You may apply in several ways:

  1. Print one
  2. Go to www.colorado.gov/PEAK  to apply and submit on-line or use our PEAK Kiosk computer available at the Douglas County Human Services building, 4400 Castleton Court, Castle Rock.
  3. Pick-up an application at the Douglas County Human Services, the applications are available inside the lobby.
  4. Have an application mailed to you by calling the Douglas County Human Services office at 303.688.4825 ext. 5341.

If you need immediate assistance with food, please contact one of the various food banks in Douglas County.

Food Banks Serving Douglas County

Please view the Food Banks Serving Douglas County for a complete listing and contact information.

Call ahead to determine eligibility and hours of operation. Each food bank has different days and times of operation.

All food banks request that those seeking services bring a photo ID, and proof of current address – such as a utility bill and/or phone bill when visiting the food bank.

Meals for Families

The Department partners with Church of the Rock to provides meals to families that meet specific criteria:

1. Douglas County residents,
2. Have a dependent child under 18 in the home,
3. Adults or children 18 and over are U.S. citizens or lawfully present, and
4. An annual combined household income is under $75,000.

You may be required to complete a form verifying your family’s eligibility.  If you believe you are eligible but have an objection to receiving this service from a faith-based organization, please contact the Department at 303-688-4825 or come to our office to review possible alternatives.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

A program through the Tri-County Health Department offers free groceries and nutrition counseling for children up to age five and to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Qualifying people must live in Adams, Arapahoe or Douglas Counties, and meet specific income guidelines.