Need Money for Groceries? SNAP might be able to Help!
We are here to answer your question and help you navigate the benefit process. This service is available to CSU students, faculty and staff!
For more information, check out our SNAP page! Or contact SNAP4Rams@colostate.edu or call us at (970) 491-8051. You can also choose provide us with a bit of basic information and we will reach out to you directly regarding your case!
Hunger Free Colorado’s COVID-19 (hyperlink to https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/ provides the following resources:
- Food Resource Line
- School Meals
- Food Pantry Locations
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Pandemic EBT is now being issued to students who were eligible for free or reduced priced meals last school year (2019-20). Apply here – https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/pebt
Larimer, Weld, CSU
- Food Bank for Larimer County – COVID-19 Operations
- Loveland’s Community Kitchen – Keep up to date on the Community Kitchen’s response to COVID-19 and adjusted services.
- Salvation Army – Meal Distribution
- Serve 6.8 – Coronavirus Crisis Response: Food/Supplies Distribution (Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Wellington, Greeley)
- Vindeket Foods – Not only helps feed those in need, but also aids in reducing food waste. Check frequently for COVID-19 updates.
- Weld County Food Bank
Resources for CSU Students
To help address significant financial stress and food insecurity brought about by COVID 19, Rams Against Hunger is hosting a food distribution site out of the Lory Student Center Theatre. Fall hours of operation are as follows:
- Monday: CLOSED
- Tuesday: CLOSED
- Wednesdays: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
- Thursdays: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Fridays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
All CSU students, staff and faculty may select from a variety of fresh, refrigerated and shelf-stable foods. The distribution site is open to anyone with a CSU ID. To access the site, enter the south entrance of the Lory Student Center and follow the signs.
Anyone visiting the site must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and health protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Pocket pantries now in three locations:
- Lory Student Center- level 200 – ASCSU Plaza-side entrance
Please “swipe” your CSU ID to enter the Pocket Pantry doors
- University Housing – Aggie Village Family Apartments
Aggie Village Family Center – 501 West Prospect St, Building 24
- University Housing – University Village Center Apartments
1500, 1600, 1700 West Plum
- Colorado Department of Local Affairs Resources
- CDC Interim Guidelines for those experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness during COVID-19 – Updated June 12,2020
- Family Housing Network – An interfaith volunteer effort coordinates the work with 32 Fort Collins faith communities.
- Neighbor to Neighbor – Provides eviction, rental and homeowner assistance. Neighbor to Neighbor’s up-to-date COVID-19 response
- Colorado Civil Rights Division for help with claims of discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations
Larimer, Weld, CSU
Shelters, Meals, and Warming Centers
- Murphy Center for Hope facilitate collaboration among independent agencies that offer an array of services for individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.
- Murphy Center for Hope – New Hours of Operation (effective June 22, 2020)
- Fort Collins Current Shelter and Services (effective June 19, 2020) – Murphy Center, Rescue Mission and Catholic Charities
- Loveland’s 137 Homeless Connection is a day center that offers advocacy and case management for homeless adults.
- Homeward Alliance Resource Guide – Explore a variety of resources, check frequently for COVID-19 related updates.
- City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability – List of housing and service agencies for Larimer County. Low-income and affordable
Further Housing Resources
The City of Fort Collins offers the opportunity to apply for a variety of, including:
- Payment Assistance Fund
- Income-Qualified Assistance Program
- Efficiency Installation and Repair Programs
State of Colorado resources for non-payment of utility bills
Salvation Army – utility assistance programs
Unemployment and Government Aid
State of Colorado
- Colorado Department of Labor and Unemployment
This bill (H.R.748) became law on March 26. National Public Radio presents a look at the details of the bill: “What’s Inside The Senate’s $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package“
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – ALERT: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which has been providing claimants with $600 in additional unemployment benefits each week, expires the week ending July 25, 2020
The IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center offers information regarding stimulus check eligibility and Get My Payment FAQs.
- College students claimed by on their parent’s tax return or those under the age of 24 with parents that pay for at least half their expenses
- Those without legal permanent residency; including those ineligible for a Social Security number, but paying taxes using an individual taxpayer identification number.
- Individuals who have not filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return
- Those who do not file taxes can use the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here“.
CARES Act Emergency Grant Application – Access via RAMweb
U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid – Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
This bill (H.R.6201) became law on March 18 and provides sick leave and the expansion of benefit programs. Temple University’s Hope Center presents a look at “The #RealCollege Student Implications of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”
- U.S. Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights
Forgivable Small Business Administration Loans
Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons – including “gig workers” – may be eligible for forgivable loans from the Small Business Administration, which can be applied for through participating lenders. For more information visit:
US Small Business Administration (SBA) – ENDED AUGUST 8, 2020
Domestic Violence Resources
National Domestic Violence Hotline resources
- Call Hotline Number: 1-800-799-7233
- Text Hotline Number: 1-800-787-3224
- Chat Online
Crossroads Safehouse offers services to survivors of abuse
CSU Student Resources
- Pride Resource Center – Available remotely for Colorado State students. Please visit their Colorado Community Resource Page.
- Women and Gender Advocacy Center continues to offer confidential victim advocacy and educational programming.
- They are hosting virtual office hours and online events, as well as answering phones. Staff are producing COVID related interpersonal violence podcast episodes.
Coloradoans who have recently experienced a job loss or loss of income, might qualify for a 60-day Special Enrollment period with Connect for Health Colorado, which will allow you to sign up for a new health insurance plan or to change your current plan. Visit the When Can I Sign Up to learn more.
Community Health Resources
- Colorado Community Health Network – Community Health Centers Map
- Center for Health Progress – COVID-19 Resource Guide for the Uninsured
- Health District of Northern Larimer County – Health District programs include prescription assistance, dental clinic, Connections (mental health) and health insurance enrollment assistance.
For CSU students who have lost coverage in the past 30 days and are interested in enrolling in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out of State
If you are currently living outside of Colorado, please check your state healthcare website or visit healthcare.gov to enroll in new insurance.
Resources for Parents
CSU’s Adult Learner and Veterans Services student parent resources
La Familia/The Family Center – Offering programs in Early Care and Education, Healthy Living, Family Strengthening, Adult Education and Resource and Referral. Emphasis on serving the Latinx/Spanish speaking population.
Colorado PEAK Assistance Programs – An online platform that will allow you to apply for a variety of benefits with one application. Click here to complete a brief eligibility screening for the following programs:
- Cash Assistance Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
- Child Care Assistance
- Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
- Parents as Teachers
- Nurse-Family Partnership for first-time moms
- Head Start
- Healthy Steps
- School Nutrition Programs
- Preschool Special Education
- Early Intervention Colorado for Infants, Toddlers and Families (EI Colorado)
- SafeCare Colorado
Support for Undocumented and Immigrant Families
Colorado Center on Law & Policy – Immigrant eligibility for various safety net programs and what alternatives there are for groups facing eligibility restrictions: COVID-19 Resources for Immigrant Families
CSU Support Services for Undocumented, DACA and ASSET – Check out their comprehensive list of resources, FAQs and student specific info.
United We Dream healthcare access
These sites provide a summary of financial, food, housing, childcare, utilities, unemployment, safety, health insurance, undocumented/immigrant family assistance, if you find yourself in need.
Aunt Bertha is a social care network resource hub provides information on how to access assistance with food, housing, goods, transit, health, money, care, education, work and legal services.
Colorado Crisis Services State Hotline confidential, 24/7, support
TRANSFORT – All Transfort Transit Centers are closed to the public and fares are temporarily suspended. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Transfort has implemented temporary service levels – (7/13 – TBA).
United Way in Colorado – provides information about food and medical assistance, mental health resources, unemployment resources, utilities/rent assistance and other resources. Contact them via their website or by calling 2-1-1
- Locations in Denver, Craig, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Edwards, Grand Junction, and Fort Morgan
- United Way of Larimer County – Living resources lists (available in Spanish and English), created by residents of Larimer County and maintained by United Way of Larimer County.
Wifi and Connectivity
CSU’s Academic Computing & Networking Services – See the Keep Learning page for technology specific resources and internet access suggestions