Colorado Families Deserve Delicious, Healthy Food

Cooking Matters is on a mission to make eating healthier easy and affordable for families everywhere.

Resources for Caregivers

Use the linked resources shared here to connect kids and caregivers with nutritious food anywhere in Colorado.

Meal/Food Resources

Food Bank of the Rockies

For food distribution sites across Denver Metro, Northern Colorado and the Western Slope check https://www.foodbankrockies.org/emergency-assistance/

Care and Share Food Bank

Please check careandshare.org/FindFood for the latest info about meal programs and food distribution sites in Southern Colorado.

Weld County

Check https://weldfoodbank.org/access-a-food-program/ for information about Emergency Food Boxes, the Mobile Food Pantry, Senior Feeding Programs and Child Feeding Programs across Weld County.

Community Food Share

To find food assistance in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, check https://communityfoodshare.org/get-food/find-food-pantry/

Food Bank of Larimer County

Visit https://foodbanklarimer.org/news/covid-19/ for updated info about changes to food distribution in Larimer County.

Food Banks

If you need emergency food assistance, but are unsure about locations close to you, check Feeding America’s Find a Local Food Bank map tool.

Texting Hotline to Find Meals During Coronavirus School Closures

No Kid Hungry has launched a texting hotline to provide information about emergency food distribution sites in communities where schools have been closed due to COVID19. Families can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877877 to find their nearest sites.

CO Farmers Market Association

Resources for farmers, farmers markets, and farmers market patrons to get up-to-date information on market status across the state.

City of Thornton – Community Connections

Collection of resources for Thornton residents, including food access sites.

City and County of Denver – Tasty Meals

Denver invites youth, ages 1 – 18, to enjoy breakfast, lunch, a nutritious snack or a supper meal that includes up to five food groups low in fat, preservative free, and served with fresh fruit on the side. Registration or signing in is not required, just show up and eat up, and YES … you can bring a friend, or two, or three, or more! View breakfast and lunch times provided by Denver Public Schools during COVID-19.


The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides healthy food, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC is available in all U.S. states and territories. It is funded by federal grants and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, along with state and local agencies. Am I eligible for WIC benefits? | Find the toll-free number to your WIC state agency | Find answers to common questions about WIC


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) helps low-income families buy the food they need for good health. It is funded by federal grants and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, along with state and local agencies. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. Am I eligible for SNAP benefits? | Find the toll-free number to your SNAP state agency| Find a store that accepts SNAP benefits in your area | Find answers to common questions about SNAP

General Resources

Colorado 2-1-1

Hotline and website with information about available Colorado resources related to food, housing, shelter, rental and utility assistance, healthcare, childcare, employment, and more.

SNAP-Ed Health Channel

Videos of CDC-recommended proper handwashing and other health precautions

STEPS Guides: Resources & Support to Promote Food Security

From SNAP and WIC to free lunch for kids and seniors, get expert insight and find key resources to help you, a friend, or a loved one become food secure.

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