- Find Food Near You
- Kids ages 0-18 are eligible for free meals that schools or other organizations in your community may be providing. To learn more:
- Please check your local school district or food bank social media sites or websites to find out where you can access free meals.
- No Kid Hungry Texting Line –Parents & caregivers can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877-877 to find free meals in their community.
- Although the places our texting service supports grows each day, we are most confident in promoting it in the following places: AL, AZ, CO, IN, KY, MD, NE, NYC (not statewide), NC, OH, TN, and VA.
- If your state is not listed above, please try visiting your school district website or dialing 211.
- FoodFinder – Use to find food in your community (call individual sites to confirm, hours may have changed due to COVID-19 response)
- WIC and SNAP are great resources during this time of crisis and can provide families with access to additional food at no cost. As financial situations change, families may now be eligible for both programs. States are moving to allow sign-up online and to make the overall process easier.
- Explore options for providing meals: If your child care center or family child care home currently participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP, sometimes called the Child Care Food Program or simply the food program), contact your state agency or sponsoring organization to see if and how you could distribute reimbursable meals to your enrolled children.
- FAQ – Child Nutrition Program Options Available During School Closures Related to the Coronavirus
- Emerging Strategies & Tactics For Meal Service During School Closures Related To The Coronavirus
- No Kid Hungry – Center for Best Practices
- Find Your State Agency – Contact information for nutrition programs in your state
- The Colorado Department of Human Services Food Distribution Programs work with emergency feeding organizations throughout Colorado to provide households in need with food assistance. Household programs include the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Refer to the following websites for more information:
- Internet Access: Through the Comcast Internet Essentials program, families may qualify for affordable high-speed home internet for $9.95/month. For more information, please visit: Internet Essentials.
- Technology Equipment: PCs for People provides affordable computers and low-cost mobile internet to eligible community members. Learn more at PCs for People.
- Rent and Utility Assistance: Denver’s Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program (TRUA) offers resources to residents who are facing a hardship. Learn more at: Rental and Utility Help.
- General Resource Needs: Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Center is a statewide community resource connecting individuals and families to critical resources including food, shelter, rental assistance, childcare, and more. Dial 211 from any phone or learn more/live chat at: https://unitedwaydenver.org/2-1-1/.
- Food Distribution Sites: The following Denver Public Schools will provide free breakfast (8:00 to 9:00 am) and lunch (12:00 to 1:00 pm) to all kids ages 1-18 at the following school locations: Lincoln High School, Place Bridge Academy, Joe Schoemaker School, North High School, DCIS Baker, Manual High School, Montbello High School, and the Evie Garret Dennis Campus
- Excel Energy Assistance
- Jeffco: Arvada K-8 School, Colorow Elementary School, Edgewater Elementary, Foothills Elementary School, Lasley Elementary School, West Jeffco School.
- DPS: Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m.
Lunch will be served from 12-1 p.m.
It is important to keep students and families informed of actions that the school and child care is taking, including the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 from reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and your local public health department.
In rapidly changing health events and outbreaks such as COVID-19, there can be large amounts of incorrect or partially correct information that can add to stress and confusion as a parent/caregiver, student, or school staff. Providing current, accurate, and frequent updates can help reduce stress and fear.
Get the most up-to-date and accurate information at:
CO HELP 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
- Supporting Students, Families, and School and Child Care Staff
In addition to providing information regarding school actions and the latest information regarding COVID-19, students, family, and staff can benefit from information regarding emotional support. Here are some resources that could be helpful.
Colorado Crisis Services: Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or Text to Talk 38255
Guidelines for emergency school or child care closure
- Cleaning Guidance
Increase deep cleaning to at least 2 times per week and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, tables, drinking fountains and handrails. For instructions regarding disinfecting see here. For an additional list of recommended products visit: https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf