Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps)

What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly and colloquially known as Food Stamps or Food Assistance) provides cash payments to eligible individuals for the purchase of approved food products.

Benefits begin from the date of application for approved recipients, with benefit amounts determined by household size and income.

Who is eligible for SNAP?

To be eligible for SNAP, individuals must:

  • Have monthly income less than $2,266 or $3,072 for a couple (effective 10/1/2022), and
  • Meet a work eligibility category below:
    • Age 50 or older or disabled and not engaged in work.
    • Aged 18-49 and engaged in at least 80 hours of work or work-search activities per month.
    • Receive TANF, SSI, or other needs-based assistance and engaging in child-care.

Individuals who are over age 60 or who are disabled may deduct certain medical expenses from their countable income.

To see if you may be eligible for SNAP, complete the US Department of Agriculture’s Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool.

Note: Individuals who are between 18-49, are not disabled, not in school, and not caring for a child are normally time-limited to a maximum SNAP benefit of 3 months in a rolling 36 month period if not engaged in work activity.

How to apply for SNAP

Apply for SNAP online through Colorado PEAK or by submitting a paper Application for Public Assistance (standard Medicaid application).  When applying for SNAP, check the box for “Food Assistance”.

An interview is required for all new applications (including any individuals who have not received SNAP in the past 30 days). Applicants may be required to submit proof of identity, lawful residency, income, and rent/medical expenses.

During the evaluation process, applicants will have to confirm income and resources for all household members, as well as provide proof for deductions and allowable expenses. Benefits are calculated from the date of application and are back-payable. For more information call your county department of social services or our office at 303-333-3482.

How SNAP eligibility is recertified

SNAP recipients are recertified for continuing eligibility every six (6) months if not a senior or disabled. Seniors and recipients with disables are recertified every 24 months, and must submit change reports every 12 months. Interviews may be required during the recertification.

Need help with SNAP?

SNAP is administered by the county department of human services, who can answer any questions about specific cases or payments. 

For questions or assistance with SNAP, including application completion, call CGS at 303-333-3482. Our benefits counseling team can help answer questions and navigate the process.