Food

If you need food, start by calling the Hunger Free Hotline. Their operators can tell you the locations and hours of the closest free meal or food pantry. Hunger Free operators can also sign you up for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which was formerly known as food stamps.

If you prefer, you can also go into the Human Services office in the county where you live to sign up for SNAP.

We also list several places below that are like a restaurant, except they understand you may not have the money to pay for the full cost of the meal. These are wonderful organizations that provide healthy fresh food and a warm place to rest.

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Cafe 180

3315 S Broadway, Englewood CO 80113

Denver Metro

Englewood

Cafe 180 provides fresh food made from scratch. They take donations instead of charging fixed prices, so if you can afford the $10-12 suggested donation, that's great. If you can't, you can make a donation. They want anyone to eat healthy food, regardless of their ability to pay. Apprenticeship opportunities are also available.

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Department of Human Services

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Statewide

Don't forget to ask about SNAP/food assistance at your county's Department of Human Services. Click on website to find the statewide list of DHS offices. You may be eligible for food assistance if you’re unemployed or work part time or don’t make much money, receive other public assistance, are elderly or disabled and have a small income, or are homeless. If you think you’re eligible, apply for food assistance right away. It can take up to a month to get started with the program. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive monthly benefits that are issued on the Colorado Quest Card, which looks like a credit card.

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Hunger Free Hotline

Statewide

Hunger Free Hotline provides info about food pantries and free meal locations throughout Colorado. If you're looking for food, start by calling the hotline. Operators will also help you sign up for SNAP/food assistance. Calls to the Hunger Free Hotline are confidential and they help everyone, regardless of legal status. English and Spanish.

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Recovery Cafe–Longmont

402 Kimbark St, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

Recovery Café Longmont supports adults as they rebuild their lives and break the cycle of addiction, or overcome a recent crisis or trauma. Recovery Café Longmont is open Tuesday - Saturday from noon to 4pm with a communal meal served at 12:30pm. Membership is free and all are welcome. Members must be drug and alcohol free for 24-hours, contribute to the Café and to the healing of others, and attend a weekly Recovery Circle.

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United Way’s 211

Statewide

Call 2-1-1 to ask an operator about food banks and food pantries in your city. You can also search by city on the website for a food bank near you. During business hours you can call an operator, do a live chat online, or text your zip code to 898-211. Outside business hours, search the resource database.

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