Nearly one in nine older Coloradans have faced uncertainty, at some point as a senior, in knowing when or where they would get their next meal. Help is just a phone call away for those looking to access food that meets their needs—from dietary restrictions to limited transportation.
Hunger Free Colorado, the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, connects Coloradans with needed food and nutrition resources via their statewide Hunger Free Hotline. The toll-free, multilingual hotline is a free “one-stop” resource, and food assistance navigators provide helpful and thorough referrals based on each caller’s needs. They offer information and guidance on the options available in the caller’s area, such as meal sites, food pantries, Meals on Wheels, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors (CSFP).
In addition to the hotline, Hunger Free Colorado also offers on-site SNAP application assistance at locations across metro Denver, as well as nutrition presentations for senior-focused groups and programs.
“After a lifetime of working, many older Coloradans are left to fend for themselves and often face the question: ‘Do I buy needed medication or food?’,” said Kathy Underhill, executive director for Hunger Free Colorado. “There are several programs designed specifically to meet the needs of older Coloradans, and through our services, we can ensure more neighbors have access adequate, nutritious food.”
The statewide Hunger Free Hotline can be reached toll-free at (855) 855-4626 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All calls are kept confidential, and messages left after-hours or on a weekend will be returned the next business day. For those with hearing loss, call Relay Colorado toll-free at 7-1-1 or (800) 659-2656.
Hunger Free Colorado also established a Senior Volunteer Force to connect more seniors to food resources in their communities. Volunteers offer one-on-one assistance, such as navigating nutrition assistance programs like SNAP. To join the volunteer force or utilize its assistance, call (720) 328-1284 or email email@example.com.
For more information on Hunger Free Colorado, visit HungerFreeColorado.org.
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Michelle Ray, director of communications for Hunger Free Colorado. She can be reached at (303) 228-7949 or firstname.lastname@example.org