Food Assistance – New Client
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Food Assistance: New Client

What is Food Assistance? Am I eligible?

Food Assistance, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), helps individuals and families buy food that is healthy and nutritious. Food Assistance won’t meet all of your food needs, but will go a long way toward a healthy diet for you and your family.

The program uses an Quest (EBT) Card card (similar to a debit or ATM card) which is accepted at most grocery stores and other food suppliers, and some farmers markets. With the card, you can purchase foods such as vegetables, fruits, bread, cereals, meat, dairy products, and more. Benefit amounts depend on family size, income, and certain living expenses.

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Please note

If you’re eligible for food assistance, it’s likely you’ll also qualify for health care assistance. See our Health Insurance Assistance page or contact us at 303-441-1000 for information.

Go to Colorado PEAK, to apply for medical, food, child care and cash assistance programs.

Once you’ve filled out the application online we will contact you to schedule an interview within 7 days. We will need to meet with and interview you before your benefits can begin.

Once turned in, the information on your application is valid for 60 days. If your application is denied, you still have additional options that we can discuss with you.

Our Offices:

Boulder: 3460 North Broadway
Longmont: 515 Coffman St.
Call us at 303-441-1000 if you would like an in-person or telephone meeting, or to schedule a home visit.

Identification:

  • Driver’s License
  • ID Cards
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security number of each person for whom you are applying for Food Assistance
  • Proof of immigration status for non-citizens who are applying for Food Assistance

Proof of Income (pre-tax)

  • Pay stubs for the past two months
  • Wage statement from your employer
  • Benefit letter from Social Security
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Veteran’s administration or pensions

Child Support Payment (if you make these payments, they can be considered against your income)

  • Child Support Order
  • Separation Agreement
  • Child Support Records

Medical Expenses (if you’re 60 or older or if you receive federal disability benefits)

  • Doctor or Hospital bills
  • Prescription Receipts
  • Receipts for over-the-counter medication expenses if prescribed by a medical practitioner
  • Transportation costs to get to medical care

Child Care Expenses (if you are working, looking for work, or in training)

Questions about your case? Send them in or call 303-441-1000.

You may be eligible for Food Assistance if you:

  • Work for low wages
  • Are unemployed or work part-time
  • Receive Colorado Works/TANF benefits
  • Are elderly or disabled and live on a small income
  • Are homeless.
Household SizeNet Income (100% FPL)Gross Income (130%)
1$973$1,276
2$1,311$1,726
3$1,650$2,177
4$1,988$2,628
5$2,326$3,078
6$2,665$3,529
Each Add. Member$339$451

Other Eligibility Requirements

Also, please note that if you’re a full-time college student (and meet other eligibility requirements), you may qualify for Food Assistance.

Can I receive Food Assistance if I am a full time college student?

Most able-bodied students ages 18 through 49 who are enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half time are not eligible for food assistance benefits. However, students may be able to get food assistance benefits if otherwise eligible and they:

  • Get public assistance benefits under Title IV-A program;
  • Take part in a State or Federally financed work study program;
  • Work at least 20 hours a week (not averaged)
  • Are taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 6;
  • Are taking care of a dependent household member who has reached the age of 6 but is under the age of 12, and does not have adequate child care to enable them to attend school and work a minimum of 20 hours, or to take part in a State or federally financed work study program; or
  • Are assigned to or placed in a college or certain other schools through:
    • A program under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998;
    • A program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974;
    • An employment and training program under the Food Stamp Act; or
    • An employment and training program operated by a State or local government.
  • A single parent enrolled full time in college and taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 12 can get food assistance benefits if otherwise eligible.

How will I know what day my benefits will be issued?

This Quest Card table explains that the last number of your Social Security Number determines what day of the month you receive Food Assistance:

Social Security Number:Food Benefits Credited to your Quest Card
11st Day of each month
22nd Day of each month
33rd Day of each month
44th Day of each month
55th Day of each month
66th Day of each month
77th Day of each month
88th Day of each month
99th Day of each month
1010th Day of each month

Can I go online to check my benefits?

Yes, you can check them on the Boulder County Connect or Colorado PEAK or by setting up an account or on Chase Ucard.

How long is my Food Assistance application valid?

Applications are valid for 60 days from the date the application is submitted to the office. If the application is denied and subsequently the household appears for the interview or provides verification within 30 days from the date of application, the application date will be the date of application. If the household appears/provides after 30 days from the date of application, the application date will be the date they appear/provide.

Will I need to have an interview in order to get my benefits with a new application?

Once you’ve filled out the application online we will contact you to schedule an interview within 7 days. We will need to meet with and interview you before your benefits can begin.

Can I receive FA if I am a full time college student?

Most able-bodied students ages 18 through 49 who are enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half time are not eligible for food assistance benefits. However, students may be able to get food assistance benefits if otherwise eligible and they:

  • Get public assistance benefits under Title IV-A program;
  • Take part in a State or Federally financed work study program;
  • Work at least 20 hours a week (not averaged)
  • Are taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 6;
  • Are taking care of a dependent household member who has reached the age of 6 but is under the age of 12, and does not have adequate child care to enable them to attend school and work a minimum of 20 hours, or to take part in a State or federally financed work study program; or
  • Are assigned to or placed in a college or certain other schools through:
  • A program under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998;
  • A program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974;
  • An employment and training program under the Food Stamp Act; or
  • An employment and training program operated by a State or local government.
  • A single parent enrolled full time in college and taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 12 can get food assistance benefits if otherwise eligible.

How can I turn in documents?

Always include your name, date of birth or social security number and CBMS case number if you know it.

  • Upload to Colorado Peak or Boulder County Connect
  • Email: imaging@bouldercounty.org
  • Fax: 303-678-6090 or 303-441-1523
  • Mail:
    515 Coffman Street, Longmont CO 80501 or
    3460 Broadway, Boulder CO 80303

What is a Redetermination?

  • A from that needs to be completed every 6 months for most programs to make sure you still qualify for benefits.
  • If it is turned in late, your benefits could be delayed up to 30 days, or a new interview may be necessary
  • Always include at least one month’s income for every working adult in the household (3 months if you are self-employed), and verify any reported changes
  • To complete your redetermination go to Colorado PEAK and click on Manage My Account.

How can I ask a question about my case?

  • Chat through Boulder County Connect with specially trained technician
  • Call 303-441-1000, to speak with specially trained phone technician
  • For Long Term Care questions call 303-441-1000, or email ltcteam@bouldercounty.org
  • For Colorado Works questions, call or email your technician directly at the number they give you
  • Come in and ask to speak with our specially trained front desk technicians

Make sure to report changes by the 10th of the month following the change:

  • Income
  • Household Composition
  • Address
  • Rent/Utility Expenses
  • Dependent Care/Medical Expenses
  • Resources

You can report your changes on Boulder County Connect, Colorado PEAK or Fill out a Change Report form and turn it in with proof of your change.

To complete your redetermination go to Colorado PEAK and click on Manage My Account or upload it to Boulder County Connect or turn the packet in to the office.

Is there an app for my phone?

Answer “Yes! You must be a current Medicaid or CHP+ member to use the secure PEAKHealth app and must have an account on Colorado.gov/PEAK. Want fast and easy access to your Colorado Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) benefits on the go? Download the PEAKHealth mobile app to find a doctor, get your member card, and more right from your phone.

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TTY: 1-800-659-3656
Fax: 303-441-1523
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