Table of Contents
- Food Assistance Services
- Internet Services
- General Local Resident Services
- Mental Health Resources
- Closures and Cancellations
- US Census Information
- 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 have been updated for the summer.
Summer schedule starts on Monday, June 1.
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||
Important: Throughout summer break, grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available to children and adults at 16 locations!
Breakfast & Lunch Grab and Go Meals for anyone under 18:
|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.
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!
|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.
|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
Epworth United Church
3401 High St, Denver CO 80205
1100 E. 18th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218 | M, Tu, Th, F
Email or call to make an appointment to obtain food resources:firstname.lastname@example.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.
|Village Exchange Center||
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm
Families have to arrive early to sign up to be able to get first choice of food.Phone Number: 720-668-9968 Address: 1609 Havana St, Aurora, CO, 80010
2. Internet Services:
Comcast announced is extending commitments to Xfinity customers through June 30 to help ensure students can finish out the school year from home and remain connected to the internet during the COVID-19 crisis.
Click here for more details on Internet Essentials.
You may also call 855-846-8376 for English and 855-765-6995 for Spanish. Comcast will send all new Internet Essentials customers a free self-install kit with no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee.
|Century Link Internet||
Century Link is offering discounted and free internet service for those who qualify:
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.
3. General Local Resident Services:
|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
|Coronavirus Health Resources||
If you or your child have questions about the Coronavirus itself, the following resources may be of help:
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.
4. 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|
5. 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.|
Effective March 16, 2020: With the announcement made by Mayor Michael B. Hancock of a pending Public Health Order, the City & County of Denver will close all Denver Recreation Centers until further notice. 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.
In addition, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) has made the difficult decision to cancel all registered spring programs. Customers registered for programs will be fully refunded. If you have additional questions, please reach out to email@example.com.
|Denver Public Library||
All library programs, classes, events, ideaLABs, and outreach activities including bookmobiles and Read Aloud are currently canceled from March 12 - April 12.
6. U.S. Census 2020
How to complete the Census:
- Denver, CO - It’s time to respond to the 2020 Census. Starting March 12, Colorado mailboxes will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Our goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
- Most invitations will arrive in the mail before April 1, 2020 and will include instructions for responding online or by phone. The invitation will include an ID number that is tied to a physical address. Coloradans are encouraged to go online (with the ID number) to respond to the Census.
- The 2020 Census is a short questionnaire that asks about who lives in your household. One person should respond for an entire household.
- Those who do not respond online or by phone should also expect to receive a paper questionnaire in April.
- After a series of reminder mailings, if the household has not self-responded (online, by phone, or by mail), the Census Bureau plans to send census takers door-to-door to collect responses in May.
Why complete the Census?
- The 2020 Census is important because it will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
- Responding to the 2020 Census is safe and secure. Individual responses are confidential and protected by law.
- The Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe.
Take the 2020 Census HERE
7. Supporting Immigrant Families
|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|