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Food Assistance

A 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.  View Food Banks serving Douglas County or learn more about Meals for Families or WIC.

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 clients 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 and Nevada even though the thief does not have possession of the Colorado EBT card.  This is called “cloning”.  Colorado has blocked California and Nevada due to this problem.  Please view the Card Clone Notice in English or Spanish to learn how to protect yourself and what to do if you have to travel to California or Nevada.

Colorado EBT Instructions – English


Colorado EBT Instructions – Spanish


If you would like to set up a direct deposit to a bank account for your cash 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.

Replacement EBT Cards can be mailed from the vendor, please call ebtEDGE at 1-888-328-2656.

Meals for Families

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

  • Douglas County residents
  • Have a dependent child under 18 in the home
  • Adults or children 18 and over are U.S. citizens or lawfully present
  • 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.

You may pay a Food Assistance claim online at Douglas County Online Payment Service.