Table of Contents

  1. Food Assistance Services
  2. Internet Services
  3. General Local Resident Services
  4. Mental Health Resources
  5. Closures and Cancellations
  6. US Census Information
  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: Meal distribution is NOT interrupted by the Stay at Home Order.  Families can continue accessing meals at the locations & times below.

Check here for up-to-date information

Chalkbeat made a map of all the locations in the metro area that are giving out food while the schools are closed. It's available in both English and Spanish.

Breakfast & Lunch

Denver Public Schools will offer free meals to Denver kids at 11 locations throughout the city, using a grab-and-go style system, weekdays from Monday, March 16th through Friday, April 3rd. Vegetarian options will be available.

Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m.
Lunch will be served from 12-1 p.m.

Southwest

  • Abraham Lincoln High School

Southeast

  • Place Bridge Academy
  • Joe Shoemaker School

Northwest

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

Central

  • Bruce Randolph School
  • Denver Center for International Studies Baker

Northeast

  • Manual High School

Far Northeast

  • The Evie Dennis Campus
  • The Montbello Campus
 

Dinner

Select Denver recreation centers will be serving dinner to children 18 years old and younger. Families may also pick up food boxes during dinner services.

Dinner will be served from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Southwest

  • College View
  • Athmar
  • Harvey Park

Southeast

  • Eisenhower

Northwest

  • Ashland
  • Aztlan
  • Harvey Park
  • Athmar
  • College View

Central

  • La Familia
  • Swansea

Northeast

  • St. Charles

Far Northeast

  • GVR
  • Montbello
Aurora Public Schools

 Important: Meal distribution is NOT interrupted by the Stay at Home Order.  Families can continue accessing meals at the locations & times below.

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.


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.

Village Exchange Center

Food Pantry

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 Internet

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more details.

Pricing & other info.

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:
 
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. 

 

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

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

Denver Parks and Recreation 

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 parksandrecreation@denvergov.org.

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

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

The 2020 Census is Ready for Colorado to Respond: Respond Online or By Phone Today

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