Table of Contents

  1. Food Assistance Services
  2. School and Education Support
  3. Internet Services
  4. General Local Resident Services
  5. Mental Health Resources
  6. Closures and Cancellations
  7. Resources for Immigrant Families

Our partners at Transform Education Now put together a Family Resource Page with additional free meal services, internet resources, how to stay healthy, and parent support groups.

1. Food Assistance Services:

Denver Public Schools

Important: Distribution and delivery sites updated for the new school year beginning Aug. 24

Check here for up-to-date information on all DPS Grab-and-Go Sites and Meal Delivery Sites

In addition to Grab-and-Go sites below, DPS is also launching a new, enhanced weekday meal delivery program. Yellow school buses will deliver meals to schools and community locations throughout the city for the remainder of the school year. They will stop at each site for 20-30 minutes to hand out breakfast and lunch. On Fridays, weekend breakfast and lunch are also available for pickup.  Click here for Meal Delivery sites.

In addition, Food for Thought Denver is providing Powersacks at all DPS Grab-and-Go sites, every Friday until circumstances change. Each Powersack will contain enough non-perishable food for a family of four for two days. These sacks are available for anyone in need, not just for our DPS students.

Breakfast & Lunch Distribution Sites

Grab-and-Go Meal Pickup
Monday–Friday
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Denver Public Schools is offering free weekday breakfast and lunch to students and families in need at Grab-and-Go sites throughout the city until circumstances change. Vegetarian options are available. To prioritize social distancing, families are not allowed to eat on site. DPS is not able to provide transportation to the Grab-and-Go sites.

Breakfast and lunch are also available for adults and can be picked up every weekday. In addition, weekend breakfast and lunch are available for families to pick up every Friday. The adult and weekend meals are made possible by fundraising from the DPS Foundation.

Southwest

  • Barnum
  • College View
  • Force
  • Henry Campus
  • Johnson 
  • Knapp
  • Schmitt
  • Valverde
  • Castro
  • Monroe

Southeast

  • Place Bridge Academy
  • Joe Shoemaker School
  • Ellis
  • Jewish Family Services

Northwest

  • Cowell Elementary School
  • North High School
  • STRIVE Prep – Sunnyside

Central

  • Denver Center for International Studies Baker

Northeast

  • Manual High School
  • Bruce Randolph
  • Smith
  • Hidden Brook Apartments 
  • The Gardens of Hope

Far Northeast

  • Amesse
  • The Evie Dennis Campus
  • The Montbello Campus
  • McGlone
  • Green Valley
  • Archuleta 

 

Dinner

Rec Center Meal Pickup
Monday–Friday
3:30-5:30 p.m.

Select Denver recreation centers will be serving weekday dinner to children 18 years old and younger.

Southwest

  • College View
  • Athmar
  • Harvey Park
  • La Familia
  • Barnum
  • Southwest 

Southeast

  • Eisenhower
  • Harvard Gulch

Northwest

  • Ashland
  • Aztlan
  • Rude

Central

  • La Alma
  • Johnson
  • Swansea
  • Wedgeworth
  • St. Charles
  • Stapleton

Northeast

  • Hiawatha
  • Montclair
  • Stapleton

Far Northeast

  • Green Valley Ranch
  • Montbello
Aurora Public Schools

 Important: Throughout summer break, grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available to children and adults at 16 locations!

APS Meal Distribution Map 

Breakfast & Lunch Grab and Go Meals for anyone under 18:

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Denver Metro Emergency Food Network The Denver Emergency Food Network delivers free, prepared meals to homebound families and elderly individuals in need during the COVID-19 crisis.   Sign up today as a participant to have free meals delivered to you.  https://www.denverdelivered.com/
Hunger Free Colorado

Mission: Hunger Free Colorado connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger.


Food Resource Hotline  : The statewide Food Resource Hotline is a bilingual toll-free number that connects Coloradans to needed food and nutrition resources. It is a free “one-stop” resource that offers geographically-based referrals to both public and private food assistance programs across the state.


Mobile Assistance Program: Our mobile outreach program connects families to needed food resources, such as food stamps (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), local food pantries, meal sites and other community options that offer access to affordable, healthy food.

Denver Gov

Free Grab-And-Go Supper Meals for Youth!

Grab-and-Go suppers are provided by the Tasty Food - Where Denver Youth Eat Free program with the City and County of Denver, Office of Children's Affairs. These meals are for youth between the ages of 1 - 18 and available on a first-come, first-served basis at 17 Denver recreation centers, Monday - Friday, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. No ID or registration required - just swing by, grab your meal ... and go!


View a full list of Tasty Food sites and stay informed of any additional updates by visiting denvergov.org/TastyFood.

Food Bank of the Rockies

Mission:  We help families thrive by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry through our programs and partner agencies.

2020 Mobile Food Pantry Schedule 
Where: Empower Field at Mile High 1701 Bryant St. Denver, CO 80204
When: The fourth Monday of every month from 9 - 11:30 (or until all food is distributed)
Click here to see the full schedule! 

2020 Montbello Distribution
Where: Arie P. Taylor Building in Montbello 4685 Peoria St. Denver, CO 80239 
When: The first Tuesday of every month from 9-11:30 (or until all food is distributed) 
Click here to view the full schedule! 

Click here to find nearest food bank to you

Denver CO Food Pantries | Denver Colorado

Our comprehensive list of food assistance programs provides full descriptions, pictures, hours, volunteer information, etc. We not only provide listings of pantries, but we also provide information on: food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

We recommend calling ahead to verify hours.
Twin Parishes Church
3663 Humboldt St., Denver CO 80205
303-294-0684

Epworth United Church
3401 High St, Denver CO 80205
303-296-6287

MetroCaring

1100 E. 18th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218 | M, Tu, Th, F

Email or call to make an appointment to obtain food resources:

appointment@metrocaring.org or 303.860.7200
Bienvenidos Food Bank

11 am to noon & 4 pm to 5:30 pm (except the 3rd Thursday of the month)

3810 Pecos Street Denver, CO 80211

***This location also provides diapers/baby food,  dog food, and personal hygiene items.

2. School and Education Support: 

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 

Pre Health Day 

​Interested in a career in the health professions? A virtual visit to CU Anschutz with live interactive sessions with program representatives will teach you about all the fields in which you are interested.
 
This includes:
  • Dental Medicine (DDS)
  • Public Health (Master of Public Health, DrPH)
  • Graduate Programs and Medical Scientist Training Program (MS, PhD, MD/PhD)
  • Nursing (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Physician Assistant (Master of Physician Assistant Studies)
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant (Master of Science)
  • Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
  • Medicine (MD)
The event is open to all high school, undergraduate, and graduate-level students as well as prehealth advisors! 
 
Denver: Youth Program Locator 

The 'Youth Program Locator' is an interactive tool that allows users to experience a more targeted search by using specific program filters, such as finding activities close to your home or school, narrowing your search to a certain age range, or even searching for a particular program category. This is a great family resource to discover opportunities where youth can engage in fun activities and continue learning when they are not in school. 

Click here to explore and find programs in your area. 

John R. Lewis Community Liberation Academy (JLCLA)

JLCLA Learning Circles are about the network of mutuality finally operating as an inclusive network. 

This program will: 

  • Honor the great work happening by teachers and leaders at our local schools as they provide live (synchronous) learning opportunities and specialized supports
  • Provide a heavy focus on literacy supports because we know that LITERACY IS LIBERATION!
  • Provide assessment tools so that students and their families know where they are and can map their plan to where they want to GROW
  • Provide weekly recorded (asynchronous) READ-ALOUD & literacy encouragement with our amazing FaithBridge Education Team
  • Provide opportunities for students and families to connect in weekly Guided Reading Circles (Virtual or In-Person)
  • Provide opportunities for students and families to connect in weekly Arts Enrichment Circles (Virtual or In-Person)
  • Provide opportunities for students and families to connect in weekly Total Wellness Circles (Virtual or In-Person)
  • Provide opportunities for parents/guardians, who we honor as first teachers and best advocates, with tools and supports to aid their child's liberation through literacy via our PARENT ACADEMY
  • Provide backpacks, at home learning supplies, and leveled literacy bundles to help every child create or add to their home library

To Register or learn more information on this please click here.

Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado Classroom 

Beginning September 7, Rocky Mountain PBS will be airing a series of education segments Monday - Friday from 8am-10am called "Colorado Classroom: Learn with Me at Home". These segments will be taught by licensed teachers and will cover subjects such as science, math reading and more. 

You can also find each lesson here. 

Each lesson will have its own worksheet for children to apply what they've learned. Lessons are aimed toward students from Kindergarten up to third grade. For more information please visit the PBS Website. 

The Center for African American Health 

The Center for African American Health has a virtual 7-week programs for families. The goal of this program is to: 

  • Engage families to build 5 key protective factors
  • Strengthen parenting skills
  • Increase social connections
  • Enhance family functions 

If you are interested in participating in this free program, please complete this intake form.

Classes will begin soon:

Tuesdays, November 3rd – December 15th 6 pm – 7pm 

3. Internet Services:

Comcast Internet

Comcast is offering two free months of internet service if you apply and get approved by December 21, 2020. 

Click here for more details on Internet Essentials.

Xfinity Internet 
Until further notice, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. 

 

4. General Local Resident Services:

General Assistance Application 

 

For general assistance with any of the following:

  • Rental Assistance 
  • Deposit Assistance
  • Eviction Assistance 
  • First Month's Rent 
  • Mortgage Assistance 
  • Xcell Assistance 

Complete this application in English or Spanish, and once you have the additional required documents, make sure to contact Denver Human Services at 720-944-1520 and a member of the team will pick up your application packet. 

Free Ride Request Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) has teamed up with Lyft to provide and offer free rides to our community members in need.
Servicios de la Raza

-Food and clothing bank

-SNAP applications for food assistance

4055 Tejon St., Denver, CO 80211

West Denver Resistance Collaborative

Click here if you need help with: 

-Paying your rent

-Avoiding foreclosure or managing debt

-Preventing eviction or solving a problem with a landlord

-Resources for small businesses, or weekly legal clinics

If you would like to speak to someone about your family’s needs, dial (720) 932-3104 or email District3@DenverGov.org. Bilingual (English/Spanish) representatives are available to assist you.

Denver Gov Rent and Utility Help

The Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program (TRUA)  offers resources to Denver residents who are facing a housing crisis or hardship to help prevent eviction or displacement.

Rental Resources for Tenants

A list of resources that are generally available to Colorado tenants who may be struggling to pay some of their rent amid Coronavirus. The organizations are broken down by state, state nonprofit, county and city resources. 

Denver Health Resources

Denver Health Resources for Uninsured Students

Denver School-Based Health Center

Manual High School School-Based Health Center

  • Provides free or low-cost services to all eligible Denver Public Schools students 

  • 1700 E. 28th Ave., Denver CO, 80205

  • Contact Phone: (720) 423-6435

Inner City Health Center

Sliding scale (free for Medicaid) and open to all Denver county residents and families.

3800 York St 

Contact Phone: (303) 296-1767

Coronavirus Health Resources

If you or your child have questions about the Coronavirus itself, the following resources may be of help: 

COVID Testing Resources

  • For people who are uninsured or undocumented:
    • Undocumented individuals can go to the state lab testing center using any photo ID; it does not have to be government-issued.
    • Anyone who is uninsured and doesn’t have a doctor's referral will be directed to a nurse or epidemiologist on-site at the state lab testing center to be assessed.
    • If the person does not meet the criteria to be tested they will not be tested.

Denver Human Services

1200 Federal Blvd

Denver, CO

Finding child care you trust is one of the most important tasks a parent can undertake. Understanding who qualifies as an appropriate caregiver and finding one nearby can be challenging – and we're here to help.

Our child care assistance team can connect you to resources to find the best provider for your children. If you need help paying for child care, we'll also help you apply for assistance.

Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) 

FACE in partnership with the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) are offering a free caregiver support group event virtually. The support group will take place on the 1st and 3rd  Thursday of the month. First meeting will be on September 3rd at 6:30 PM.  The purpose of the group is to create space for caregivers to support one another;  increase their own stress resilience; and cope with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

If you are interested in attending please contact Maren Benevento, LCSW via email at maren.benavento@mhcd.org or via telephone at 720-410-6155. 

 

5. Mental Health Resources:

General Mental Health Resources

Being out of their typical routine for an extended period of time and adjusting to rapid life changes during a time of heightened anxiety can be difficult for students’ mental health.  The resources below provide practical tips, information, and conversation starters to help parents discuss teens’ concerns around coronavirus and support them to reduce fear, combat anxiety, and build resilience:

Extended periods of time out of a typical routine may be difficult for students’ mental health. We highly recommend that you monitor your student’s social media accounts, as increased social media usage is linked to increased stress, anxiety, and depression. If you notice that your child is sleeping significantly more or less than normal, eating significantly more or less than normal, or behaving unusually for a period of longer than a few days, that may be a sign that they are experiencing anxiety or depression. Please reach out to one of the following local resources for support. If you are concerned that your student’s safety is at risk, please call 911 immediately.

 

For uninsured students click here 

 

Community Mental Health Organizations

Community mental health organizations provide services for every member of the family including individual and family counseling as well as youth programming.  Call 1.844.493.8255 to get connected to any of the organizations below:

Crisis & Suicide Prevention
Outside Counseling Savio House - home based-program to help stop family violence
Substance Abuse AlaTeen Service Center - Al-Anon for teens
Housing
Grief and Loss

 

6. Closures and Cancellations:

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment Tracking all city departments and services.  Official and all encompassing site for the City of Denver.
Aurora COVID-19 Resources Tracking city departments and services. Official site for the city of Aurora.

Denver Parks and Recreation 

All Recreation centers are still currently closed and will remain closed until further notice. All summer camps and scheduled programming has been cancelled. All appropriate parties will be automatically refunded.  

All centers that are meal sites will continue to serve program participants during regularly scheduled hours (Monday-Friday, 3:30-5:30pm). Learn more about this program.

Get the latest information on the city’s COVID-19 response.

Denver Public Library

All Denver Public Libraries remain closed. Online services and daily programming can be accessed via https://www.denverlibrary.org/. Book drop offs are now open at all locations with the exception of Byers, Montbello and Smiley Branch Library who are still currently closed due to construction/renovations. Curbside service by appointment ONLY is now available at all other Denver Public Libraries. 

7. Supporting Immigrant Families

My City Academy 

My City Academy is a program created to empower immigrant and refugee residents to participate and connect with the City & County of Denver. My City Academy connects participants with individuals in city agencies and offices, teaches them about the services, resources and benefits available, and how to access those services.

Their eight session virtual program will begin August 31,2020 and will occur every Monday and Tuesday. This is a free program and each session is filled with information on services and resources and will include the following topics: 

  • Intro to City Government 
  • Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedures 
  • Emergency Assistance 
  • Financial Empowerment 
  • Health & Wellness 
  • Public Safety 
  • Children & Families
  • Labor & Workforce Support 
If interested or want to learn more please click here. 

Citizen Workshop 

 

The Virtual Citizen Workshop is a free event that will take place Saturday, September 19, 2020. This workshop will walk you through the steps to become a U.S Citizen. There will also be citizenship filing fee scholarship to help Denver residents that meet income requirements pay the fees associated with their Citizenship application.

If you are interested in this event REGISTER HERE space is limited. 

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition assembled a list of resources in Spanish and English. The economic crisis caused by the virus will exacerbate the socio-economic, health and immigration disparities immigrant communities already face. Here is a document with resources available at this time. We will continue to build on this list as more resources become available.
ENUF Resources for Undocumented Communities Click here for full resource document for Undocumented Communities