Colorado Food Stamps and EBT Guide

If you are trying to see if you are eligible to apply for Food stamps in Colorado (SNAP) or need more information about Colorado EBT, you’ve come to the right place. The Colorado food stamps and EBT program is a federal nutrition program that helps low-income individuals and families buy food.

Food Stamps benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets.

The program is run at the state level by the Colorado Department of Human Resources (CDHS)

If you apply and are approved for benefits, your monthly food stamps allocation will be given to you each month on a plastic card called an EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card, which works like a debit card.

We have provided below everything you need to know to successfully apply for food stamps. We have also explained how EBT Card works and what you can expect with your card if you are approved for food stamps.

In this post, we will cover the following:

  • Should I apply for Colorado Food Stamps?
  • Who is Eligible for Colorado Food Stamps?
  • 2019/2020 Colorado Food Stamps Income Limit
  • How Much Will I Recieve in Colorado Food Stamps?
  • How to Apply for Colorado Food Stamps
  • How long to get Approved for Colorado Food Stamps?
  • What is Colorado EBT Card?
  • What can I buy with EBT in Colorado?
  • What time are Food Stamps EBT deposited in Colorado?
  • How to Check Colorado EBT Card Balance?
  • How Do I Get a Colorado EBT Card Replacement?
  • Colorado EBT Discounts, Perks and Freebies

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Should I apply for Colorado Food Stamps?

If you’ve hit tough times and are struggling to afford food for yourself or your family, you should consider applying for food stamps.

The food stamps program is a federal entitlement program. This means anyone who is eligible will receive benefits. You will not be taking away benefits from someone else if you apply.

In addition, the food stamps program is a nutrition program and not a welfare cash assistance program (which is called TANF). You do not have to be receiving TANF to get food stamps.

Who is Eligible for Colorado Food Stamps?

The food stamps program is SNAP focused on helping low-income individuals and families, predominantly serving households with children, elderly or disabled members.

Nearly half of all food stamps participants are children.

Eligibility for SNAP is limited to people with gross incomes up to 130% of the federal poverty line.

This means that a family of four can make no more than $2,790 a month to receive benefits.

Able-bodied adults without dependents can only receive three months of benefits during any three-year period if they’re not working a minimum of 20 hours per week or participating in a training program.

There are several requirements you have to meet to be approved for Colorado food stamps and EBT, however, the most important is the income limit.

As stated above, to be eligible for food stamps, your gross income cannot exceed 130% of the federal poverty line.

In addition, after deductions are taken out, your net income cannot exceed 100% of the poverty level.

2019/2020 Colorado Food Stamps Income Limit

Below is the 2019/2020 food stamps income limit. It is based on the number of people in your household. For example, if you are a family of 4, you cannot make more than a gross income of $2,790 to qualify for food stamps.

Household Size Gross monthly income
(130 percent of poverty)
Net monthly income
(100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,354 $1,041
2 $1,832 $1,410
3 $2,311 $1,778
4 $2,790 $2,146
5 $3,269 $2,515
6 $3,748 $2,883
7 $4,227 $3,251
8 $4,705 $3,620
Each additional member +$479 +$369

How Much Will I Recieve in Colorado Food Stamps?

The amount of food stamps benefits a household gets depends on how many people are in the household and how much monthly net income remains after taking allowable deductions.

Because food stamps households are expected to spend about 30 percent of their own resources on food, the amount of food stamps you get is calculated by multiplying your household’s net monthly income by 0.3, and subtracting the result from the maximum monthly allotment for your household size.

Maximum Monthly Allotment Based on Household Size
People in Household Maximum Monthly Allotment
1 $194
2 $355
3 $509
4 $646
5 $768
6 $921
7 $1,018
8 $1,164
Each additional person +$146

How to Apply for Colorado Food Stamps

There are 3 ways you can apply for food stamps in Colorado.

Option 1 – Apply online

You can apply online through the Colorado PEAK account (as shown in the image below). If you have an account, you can login or create your PEAK Account. Click here to be taken to the website.

Option 2 – Apply at CDHS Office Near You

You can apply in person at the Colorado Department of Human Resources (CDHS) office near you. Click here to locate a CDHS office.

Option 3 – Download Colorado Food Stamps Application

You can download an application, complete it and mail it to your county CDHS office or submit it in person.

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How long to get Approved for Colorado Food Stamps?

Once you submit a complete application, your caseworker will schedule an interview with you to review your application information and ask any questions they may have about the information you submitted.

Generally, a decision will be made on your food stamps application within 30 days of the day you submitted a COMPLETE application.

What is Colorado EBT Card?

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The Colorado EBT Card, also called the Colorado Quest card is used to administer your monthly benefits.

If you are approved for food stamps, your monthly food stamps allocation will be given to you each month on a Colorado EBT Card, which works like a debit card.

What can I buy with EBT in Colorado?

You are allowed to use your food stamps benefits card to buy foods that your household will prepare to eat at home, including the following

  • breads and cereals
  • fruits and vegetables
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products
  • Seeds and plants to produce food for the household to eat
  • Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream
  • Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes
  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label
  • Energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements and are therefore not eligible

Now that you know what you can buy with your SNAP card, here is the list of things you CANNOT buy with the card:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, diapers, and household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods
  • Live animals

NOTE: In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

What time are food stamps EBT deposited in Colorado?

Generally, your EBT payment is available at midnight on your payment date.

The schedule below is for Colorado’s Food Stamps and Cash Benefits programs. Be sure to locate the schedule appropriate for the benefits you are receiving. Food Stamps Benefits are deposited from the 1st to the 10th of every month.

Cash Benefits are deposited from the 1st to the 3rd of every month. When your benefit is deposited depends on the last digit of your Social Security Number. Here is the schedule according to the two programs:

Food Stamps
If your Social Security Number ends in Benefits are deposited on the
1 1st of the month
2 2nd of the month
3 3rd of the month
4 4th of the month
5 5th of the month
6 6th of the month
7 7th of the month
8 8th of the month
9 9th of the month
0 10th of the month
Cash Benefits
If your Social Security Number ends in Benefits are deposited on the
7, 8, 9, or 0 1st of the month
4, 5, or 6 2nd of the month
1, 2, or 3 3rd of the month

How to Check Colorado EBT Card Balance?

There are three ways to check your Colorado EBT Card balance.

Option 1

Call 1-888-328-2656 to check the balance on your Colorado Quest EBT Card

Option 2

  • You can check the balance online here

Option 3

  • You can also check the balance by locating your Last Receipt

How Do I Get a Colorado EBT Card Replacement?

To report your card lost, stolen, damaged, or not received in the mail call the Colorado EBT Customer Service number at – 1-888-328-2656.

If your EBT card is stolen and benefits are used these benefits cannot be replaced.

You can also call the number above for the following:

  • To report your card lost, stolen, damaged, or not received in the mail.
  • To know the date your benefits will be available in your account each month.
  • To know if your benefits have been deposited into your account and get your account balance.
  • To hear your last 10 transactions.
  • To file a claim if you question a transaction in your account.
  • If you want to select or change your PIN.
  • If your card does not work.
  • To find the nearest location where you can use your card.
  • If you have other questions about or problems with your card.

Colorado EBT Discounts

Your Colorado EBT Card comes with some perks, discounts, and freebies.

Sign up for Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Holders

Amazon.com has announced that beneficiaries enrolled in some government assistance programs can now get Amazon Prime subscriptions for $5.99 a month. EBT Cardholders are included in this offer.

This means that if you are currently receiving benefits on an EBT card, like Food Stamps, you can sign up for Amazon Prime discount for EBT holders. To sign up, click here to be taken to their sign-up page.

The regular Amazon Prime membership is $12.99 a month. However, if you have an EBT Card, you can get Prime Membership for $5.99. That’s over 50% off the regular price.

Home Phone and Cell Phone Services

If you are currently on Food Stamps, and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for FREE or low-cost cell phone or home phone service for you or a member of your family through the Federal Lifeline Program, which serves nearly 13 million Americans.

This program provides discounts on cell phone service or home phone service for qualifying low-income consumers, including those on Food Stamps. Here are the companies that participate in the program in the state of Colorado. 

There are different companies providing cell phone and home phone service. Be sure to view the “Type of Service” column to make sure you are selecting the right company.

Company Name Phone Type of Service
Rye Telephone Company 800-223-7498 Home Phone
Nucla Naturita Telephone Company 970-864-7336 Home Phone
Bijou Telephone Cooperative 800-782-0721 Home Phone
Stoneham Cooperative Telephone 970-735-2251 Home Phone
Pine Drive Telephone Co. 719-485-3400 Home Phone
Consolidated Communications 844-968-7224 Home Phone
TDS Telecom/Strasburg Telephone Company 888-225-5837 Home Phone
PC Telecom 866-854-2111 Home Phone
Nunn Telephone Company 970-897-2200 Home Phone
Rico Telephone Company 844-254-8333 Home Phone
South Park Telephone 888-837-6400 Home Phone
Blanca Telephone Company 719-589-2964 Home Phone
Farmers Telephone Company 877-828-8656 Home Phone
Peetz Cooperative Telephone Company 970-334-2220 Home Phone
CenturyLink 800-407-5411 Home Phone
Wiggins Telephone Association 970-483-7343 Home Phone
Plains Cooperative Telephone Association 970-358-4211 Home Phone
Haxtun Telephone Company 800-468-8087 Home Phone
Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Association 888-999-3778 Home Phone
TDS Telecom/Delta Country Tele-Comm, Inc. 888-225-5837 Home Phone
Tempo Telecom, LLC 877-822-8501 Mobile
Safetynet Wireless 888-224-3213 Mobile
Tag Mobile 866-959-4918 Mobile
American Assistance 866-966-2628 Mobile
Q Link Wireless LLC 855-754-6543 Mobile
Viaero Wireless 877-484-2376 Mobile
Assurance Wireless 888-898-4888 Mobile
Access Wireless 866-594-3644 Mobile
Life Wireless 888-543-3620 Mobile
enTouch Wireless 866-488-8719 Mobile
Commnet Four Corners 678-338-5960 Mobile
Sage Telecom Communications, LLC 888-449-4940 Mobile
TerraCom Wireless 877-351-4747 Mobile

Free things to do with EBT Card in Colorado

The Colorado Museums listed below all offer individual admission fees ranging from FREE to $3.00 to individuals and families who have an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID. The offer covers up to four individuals per EBT card

We advise that you call the museum first before you go to confirm their hours and the offer for Colorado EBT Cardholders. 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2001 Colorado Blvd. 

Denver, Colorado 80205

303-370-6000

Website

Directions

Children’s Museum of Denver

2121 Children’s Museum Drive 

Denver, Colorado 80211

303-433-7444

Website

Directions

WOW! Children’s Museum

110 N. Harrison Ave. 

Lafayette, Colorado 80026

303-604-2424

Website

Directions

Longmont Museum

400 Quail Road 

Longmont, Colorado 80501 United States

(303) 651-8374

Website

Directions

Museum of Boulder

2205 Broadway 

Boulder, Colorado 80302

303-449-3464

Website

Directions

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