Last Updated on September 1, 2023 by Lori Pace
Colorado’s Food Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income families and individuals in Colorado purchase the food they need to eat a nutritious diet. All eligible families can access the program in at least one location within Colorado.
What Is SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, offers food benefits, access, and education in food preparation and nutrition for low-income households. The benefits, which are a type of ATM card and electronic card, can be used to purchase eligible food at authorized retail food shops.
SNAP is the largest domestic hunger safety net program. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), a state agency that works with nutrition educators and neighborhood and faith-based groups, ensure that all those who are eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed choices about how to apply and have access to benefits.
Eligibility Requirements For SNAP In Colorado
To be eligible for SNAP you must meet these eligibility requirements:
- Colorado Legal Resident
- US Citizen, or a lawful permanent residence
- Show proof of identity
- Respect certain income guidelines
- You have less than $2,250 of resources
All SNAP participants in Colorado must register for work, accept a job offer, and participate in the Employment First program unless exempted. ABAWD recipients who don’t work or are exempt are only eligible for three months, every 36 months.
Income Limit For SNAP In Colorado
Colorado’s most eligible families have a gross income of at least 130% of the federal poverty line, which is approximately $2,380 per month for a family with three children. They are eligible for food stamps.
Application For SNAP in Colorado
Online applications for SNAP benefits are available at ColoradoPEAK. After your application has been submitted, an eligibility worker will start processing it and schedule an interview, if needed. Your benefits, also known as the Colorado Quest Card, should be available if approved.
Grocery Items That You Can Use EBT Food Stamps For
What you can buy with food stamps:
- Produce and canned goods
- Meat and dairy products
- Dried goods, beans, and rice
- Bread and cereals
- Baby food and infant formula
- Soda, chips, and candy
- Coffee and tea
- Seeds (whether for eating or planting)
What you cannot buy with food stamps:
- Hot food or any food that you eat in-store
- Pet food
- Alcoholic beverages
- Medicine and vitamins
- Non-edible household items like diapers, soap, laundry detergent, or toilet paper
Does Colorado EBT Work In Other States?
Yes. You can use your SNAP benefits with your EBT card out of state. This means you can use your Colorado EBT Card wherever EBT is accepted in the United States, including Guam, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.