SNAP emergency allotments ended February 28, 2023. The emergency allotments ended due to the result of recent federal congressional action. Beginning in March, you will still receive benefits but the amounts return to the pre-pandemic amounts. This means the amount you receive is calculated based on normal eligibility requirements.
New: SNAP Line
As a SNAP recipient or applicant, you can now receive real-time information about your benefits and case status, and receive general SNAP updates. The new SNAP IVR call center is live, and clients can call in to gather information about their benefits, get their case status, and receive general SNAP updates. Callers can use this system toll-free at 800-816-4451.
SNAP Benefits Explained
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income households in Colorado purchase food. It provides a monthly benefit that helps families and individuals buy the food they need for good health.
The benefit is provided based on income, resources and the number of individuals in the household. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are used to receive the benefit and can be used similar to debit cards at participating food stores. The benefit can be doubled in value by shopping at participating markets and food stores that support the Double Up Food Bucks program.
SNAP is part of a federal nutrition program to help low-income households purchase food. County human services departments are responsible for determining eligibility and authorizing SNAP.
SNAP is good for the local economy. Households participating in SNAP spend more on food. By providing more resources for food, SNAP helps free up cash for households with low-income to buy other essential items, like diapers and medication. As a result, retail sales increase, benefiting stores that sell both food and non-food items.