Food Resources for Aging Adults

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Hunger Free Colorado: Anyone who might need help locating food can call the Food Resource Hotline, 855.855.4626, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Food Resource Hotline keeps all information confidential and has bilingual staff ready to help Coloradans find food and nutrition resources in their community, as well as provide assistance for applying to federal nutrition programs such as SNAP.  They also provide a wonderful food resources webpage that lists information regarding school meals near you, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC, and food pantries. You can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and receive food distribution locations for kids 18 and under or view the website map.

Food/Meal Delivery

Access-A-Ride: Grocery Pick-up ServicesTo receive this service, you must first fill out an application on the RTD website or call 303.299.2960 to ask for one to be mailed to you. To travel on Access‑a‑Ride, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be unable to get to and from a bus stop or on and off a lift-equipped bus by yourself .
  2. Have a cognitive disability that prohibits your understanding of how to complete bus trips

RTD will offer grocery pickup to customers' homes from the following locations: King Soopers, Safeway, Community Ministry Southwest food bank, Senior Hub Senior Solutions, Adams County Food Bank, The Action Center, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Growing Home, Moore Life Center, and Community Food Share. Customers interested in having food delivered to them by Access-a-Ride must either call their food bank directly, or visit the Grocery Store website online in order to set up an account and place an order. Once the order has been placed, you will be given a scheduled pickup date/time from your grocer or food bank. You will then need to call Access-a-Ride reservations at 303.292.6560 and book a trip to pick up the groceries on that date and time. Keep in mind that King Soopers and Safeway will not process food orders over the telephone.

Please note: This is a premium service during the COVID-19 state of emergency. This is to provide you a food delivery option which does not require you to ride. The service is for Access-a-Ride customers only, and does not require you to pay a fare.

  • You must provide our reservations staff with the address of your grocer or food bank.
  • You must provide us the scheduled date and pickup time,
  • Our drivers cannot step inside your home. If your front door is not visible from the curb, please provide your contact phone number so that we can call you when the driver has arrived.
  • Please do not order frozen food. Deliveries will be similar to passenger transit, and orders may be onboard for over an hour.
  • Please note the scheduled time provided to you when your grocery delivery is scheduled. We cannot leave groceries on the front door of an unattended address.
A-Lift Food Pick-up & Delivery ServiceA-Lift is providing free critical medical and grocery trips for residents 55 and older Monday-Friday, and is providing free meal and grocery delivery for residents 60 and older.
Denver Metro Emergency Food Network: Meal delivery for homebound and elderly individuals. The Denver Emergency Food Network delivers free, prepared meals to homebound families and elderly individuals in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Due to extremely high demand we are currently at capacity. Please join the waitlist below. We will reach out as soon as we are able to deliver your meals. Complete this form to start receiving their support!
Let Your Light ShineAvailable to seniors, immunocompromised individuals, and low- or no-income families. There are no requirements (ID or otherwise) to receive food. Will ask for size of family and address, so that the organization knows how much food to provide and where they can drop off it off. Call, email, or message their Facebook page to ask about receiving aid.
Market Meal ProgramVolunteers of America's Market Meal Program is an initiative created to feed homebound seniors who do not require daily home delivered meal visits. Market Meals are available for pickup once a month by a senior's family member, caregiver, friend, or neighbor. Meal packages always include 10 nutritious complete frozen meals and include fresh produce, whole grain breads, low-fat dairy products, and non-perishable foods. Market Meals are distributed from the Michael J Kern Meals on Wheels Kitchen at 2620 Larimer St., Denver. Call and ask to speak to a program coordinator.
Phone: 303.294.0111
Project Angel HeartProvides meal delivery to residents with critical illnesses. Better nutrition means improved health and lower medical costs for people living with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, and other illnesses. We offer six specialty diets, as well as additional modifications for people with specific food texture needs, religious preferences, dietary intolerances, and other unique needs. Residents should call the Project Angel Heart main phone number and the front desk will put residents through to a case worker who will capture their information. There is currently an eight-week waiting list so residents should call ASAP to get on the waitlist.
Phone: 303.830.0202
Senior Hub Meals on WheelsThe Senior Hub Meals on Wheels program provides hot, nutrient dense meals that are low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium to people who are 60 years or older and who are unable to prepare one for themselves. They provide subsidized meal delivery services Monday – Friday and delicious delivery options Monday – Friday and Saturday. Meals are delivered by friendly and dedicated volunteers. In Colorado, much of the state is covered by Volunteers of America. Contact the program manager Angela Strickland:
Phone: 303.426.4408 x210 | Email

Food Pick-up

Food Bank of the Rockies @ Scott United Methodist Church: Available to ages 55+. Food pick-up available on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9 - 11 a.m. Bring an ID with you when you visit for the first time. You will then be issued a card to bring with you to your next visit, so that you may continue to receive food. Located in the parking lot of Scott United Methodist Church, 2880 Garfield St. Denver
Phone: 
303.322.8967

Resources

Aging and Disability Resources: Hotline for Older Adults seeking food assistance. All older Coloradans seeking assistance getting nutritious food can call the Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado Office at 1.844.COL.ADRC (1.844.265.2372).
Food Bank of the RockiesTo respond as safely and effectively as possible, Food Bank of the Rockies has created an Emergency Support Team, prepared to assist people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list will be updated daily, or more often, as we receive input from our team. Please check the list before you visit a location in case hours, locations, or days have changed.
Food Services$250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) was announced on March 18, 2020 to help communities provide meals for older adults. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act (OOA) of 1965. Older adults who need assistance can contact the Eldercare Locator to find services available in their community. The Eldercare Locator can be reached at:
Phone: 1.800.677.1116 | Website
Senior Hub Food Bank: Provides assistance with connecting to local food resources. Monday – Friday: Appointment Only from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call to make an appointment at:
Phone: 303.426.4408Email

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):

  • Extension of Certification Period Waiver: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approves the State agency’s request to adjust the certification provisions of section 3(f) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) and SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.10(f)(5). The State agency may extend certification periods for households scheduled to expire in March, April and May 2020, for 6 months until September, October and November 2020. This adjustment includes households with earned income that by regulation cannot normally be certified for more than a six month period.
  • Periodic Report (PR) Waver for 24-month certification households: Households certified for 24 months (households in which all members are older adults or persons with disabilities) need to complete a Periodic Report form at 12 months in order to continue receiving benefits, regardless of if their circumstances have changed. During the COVID-19 outbreak, CDHS will use auto processing to waive these PRs to ensure clients continue receiving benefits and to reduce county processing burden. CDHS is auto processing and extending certifications to the households' next RRR.

 SNAP enrollment is continuing, and benefits will continue to be available on the regular schedule. Some county offices have closed, and enrollment may be done online or by phone.

Phone: 303.227.2700 | Website to apply

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