Table of Contents
- Food Assistance Services
- School and Education Support
- Internet Services
- General Local Resident Services
- Mental Health Resources
- Closures and Cancellations
- 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
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.
2020 Mobile Food Pantry Schedule
2020 Montbello Distribution
|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
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.
2. School and Education Support:
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.
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.
|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.
|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:
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 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.
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
|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.
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 email@example.com 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.
|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. 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.|
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.
|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 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:
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|