Table of Contents
- Food Assistance Services
- School and Education Support
- Internet Services
- General Local Resident Services
- Mental Health Resources
- 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.
- Coronavirus FAQs from Colorado Children’s Hospital
- Answering kids questions about COVID-19
- Keep up to date with Denver's COVID-19 response & city vaccination status
Free Covid Testing for Students
- In partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado (CCC), all students can take a baseline test before returning to school, as well as an ongoing screening test every other week. We highly encourage all students to take a test before returning to school.
- For quick overview about testing sites and access, check out this video
- Baseline testing can be completed at any of CCC's testing sites here (students must use their DPS ID). Unless they have tested positive in the last 90 days, everyone is encouraged to take a baseline test.
- See an updated list of testing sites here.
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.
Covid Vaccine Resources
As of April 2, 2021, Colorado is in Phase 2 of vaccine distribution. All Coloradans 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans 18 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
To schedule an appointment or view vaccination sites in your area click here
Food Assistance Services:
|Denver Public Schools||
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
|Aurora Public Schools||
Breakfast & Lunch Grab and Go Meals for anyone under 18:
|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.
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!
|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.
Epworth United Church
|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:
|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.
|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:
To Register or learn more information on this please click here.
3. Internet Services:
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:
For general assistance with any of the following:
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||
-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||
|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
1200 Federal Blvd
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.
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.
|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||
|Substance Abuse||AlaTeen Service Center - Al-Anon for teens|
|Grief and Loss|
6. Supporting Immigrant Families
USCIS now accepting initial DACA applications Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) DACA provides two year,
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:
|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|