Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP Outreach Program

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)​

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP, is a federal program that assists income-qualifying individuals and families by providing money each month for the purchase of groceries and nutritional items. Food Bank of the Rockies assists clients of all ages with their SNAP applications and seeks to advertise the benefits of this program.

Need doesn’t stick to a budget. Together, we can work to end hunger and move people toward self-sufficiency.  

Notice: Increased SNAP benefits as of October 1, 2021 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revised the Thrifty Food Plan to account for modern costs associated with the standard American diet. SNAP households were given an increased amount of regular, non-pandemic benefits beginning October 1, 2021. 

Average monthly SNAP benefit per family in Colorado: $343
255,100+ Colorado households received SNAP benefits in 2020
12,000+ Wyoming households received SNAP benefits in 2020
38% of SNAP-recipient households in Colorado include children under 18
SNAP applications can be done over the phone in 15-20 minutes
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SNAP by the Numbers

Monthly supplemental income for the purchase of nutritious dietary items is distributed to individuals who meet the income requirements.

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“SNAP puts the power into clients’ hands by allowing them to decide what food they want to buy. Our goal with SNAP outreach at Food Bank of the Rockies is to make the process for applying as quick and easy as possible.”

Russell Nylen – SNAP Outreach Representative

“I receive food stamps through SNAP, which helps a lot. To put food on the table the whole month, I also visit a Food Bank of the Rockies mobile pantry. My husband recently lost his job; I need both to feed my family.”

Charlene – Mobile Pantry Client in Denver, CO

FAQs

Individuals and households that meet the eligibility requirements in their state of residence can apply for SNAP. SNAP benefits are automatically loaded into an account each month, and clients use an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to buy nutritional support at authorized food stores and retailers.  


Want to learn more about how to stretch your food budget with nutritious meals? Visit the Colorado Department of Human Services SNAP-Ed page or Wyoming Department of Family Services SNAP page

Those who qualify for SNAP include persons who may meet one of the following options: 

  • Work for low wages 
  • Are unemployed or work part-time 
  • Receive TANF, SSI, or other assistance payments 
  • Are elderly or disabled and live on a small income 
  • Are children 
  • Adults ages 18 to 49 who have no children in their home  
  • Individuals, couples, and families may qualify if their income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)  


See the table below from the 
Colorado Department of Human Services for gross monthly income limits and current maximum monthly SNAP allotments, based on household size. 

Household size 

Gross monthly income limits 

Maximum monthly allotment 

1 

$2,128 

$234 

2 

$2,874 

$430 

3 

$3,620 

$616 

4 

$4,368 

$782 

5 

$5,114 

$929 

6 

$5,860 

$1,114 

7 

$6,608 

$1,232 

8 

$7,354 

$1,408 

Each additional member (add) 

+$748 

+$176 

 

Visit the Wyoming Department of Family Services for gross monthly income limits and current maximum monthly SNAP allotments for Wyomingites, based on household size. 

Clients can contact our SNAP Outreach Representatives at: 

  • Silvia Gonzalez Garcia, 720-614-1227    
  • Russell Nylen, 720-594-0030 or 303-375-5851 
  • Email fbrsnap@foodbankrockies.org 

Hablamos Español. 

Nós falamos Português. 

Translators are available for additional languages. 

Students attending institutions of higher education at least half time may qualify for SNAP.  

See the resource page on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service site for additional details regarding student eligibility or contact our SNAP Outreach Representatives: 

  • Silvia Gonzalez Garcia, 720-614-1227    
  • Russell Nylen, 720-594-0030 or 303-375-5851 
  • Email fbrsnap@foodbankrockies.org 

Hablamos Español. 

Nós falamos Português. 

Translators are available for additional languages. 

Yes! Households that are eligible for programs such as TEFAP and CSFP may also be eligible for other Food and Nutrition Service programs.  

Contact our SNAP Outreach Representatives with questions: 

  • Silvia Gonzalez Garcia, 720-614-1227    
  • Russell Nylen, 720-594-0030 or 303-375-5851 
  • Email fbrsnap@foodbankrockies.org 

Hablamos Español. 

Nós falamos Português. 

Translators are available for additional languages. 

The average benefit for a family in Colorado was $343 per month in 2020. See also SNAP Benefits by Household Size from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Yes! Visit your local Wyoming Department of Family Services office to get an application. See also the Wyoming Department of Family Services website for more information. 

Yes! Please see this USDA blog for more information.  

Food Bank of the Rockies is proud to provide clients living in Colorado with SNAP application services. Please call our SNAP Outreach Representatives to apply: 

  • Colorado metro counties: Silvia Gonzalez Garcia, 720-614-1227    
  • Colorado rural counties: Russell Nylen, 720-594-0030 
  • Or call 303-375-5851 with questions or to start your application 

Applications cannot be processed through email, but questions can be directed to Fbrsnap@foodbankrockies.org. 

Hablamos Español. 

Nós falamos Português. 

Translators are available for additional languages. 

For Wyoming residents interested in learning more about or applying for SNAP, please contact Wyoming Department of Family Services SNAP Manager Marianne Kerzman at 301-777-6313 or marianne.kerzman@wyo.gov  

The documents below may be useful in enrolling in SNAP, but not necessarily required. 

Proof of income 

  • 30 days of earned income (pay stubs, employer statement that includes pay per hour, and hours per week, etc.) 
  • Self-employment bookkeeping records (if self-employed) 
  • Agency letter showing unearned income (Social Security Retirement or Disability income, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Affairs (VA) pension or disability benefits, Unemployment, child support, alimony, private retirement, pension, etc.)  

     

Proof of identity (any of the items below) 

  • Driver’s license or state-issued identification card 
  • Birth certificate or Social Security card 
  • Work or school identification card 
  • Voter registration card

     

Proof of medical expenses (ONLY if over 60 or disabled) 

  • Billing statements or repayment agreements 
  • Medicare card, indicating Part B 
  • Mileage or transportation costs to/from medical appointments                                
  • Itemized receipts for medical expenses (prescription drugs, medical supplies, etc.) 

For Colorado residents, please contact us directly with questions about this: 

  • Colorado metro counties: Silvia Gonzalez Garcia, 720-614-1227    
  • Colorado rural counties: Russell Nylen, 720-594-0030 or 303-375-5851 
  • Email fbrsnap@foodbankrockies.org

For Wyoming residents, please contact your local Department of Family Services office, which you can locate here. 

The federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits and splits the cost of administering the program with states which operate the program. Read more about policy basics here.

Contact our SNAP Outreach Representatives: 

  • Silvia Gonzalez Garcia, 720-614-1227    
  • Russell Nylen, 720-594-0030 or 303-375-5851 
  • Email fbrsnap@foodbankrockies.org 

Hablamos Español. 

Nós falamos Português. 

Translators are available for additional languages.  

Additional resources for more information about SNAP are available at:

Yes! Please invite our SNAP Outreach Representatives to community events in Colorado. 

  • Colorado metro counties: Silvia Gonzalez Garcia, 720-614-1227    
  • Colorado rural counties: Russell Nylen, 720-594-0030 or 303-375-5851 
  • Email fbrsnap@foodbankrockies.org 

Hablamos Español. 

Nós falamos Português. 

Translators are available for additional languages. 

To find food near you, visit our Find Food locator at foodbankrockies.org/find-food 

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