SOS Food & Health Resources
Student Outreach & Support helps students in navigating access to basic needs such as health care, food, and housing. If you know someone who could benefit from these sources, please submit an SOS referral, and we will reach out to the student.
DU Food Pantry & Swipe Out Hunger
The DU Food Pantry exists as a free and open resource for anyone with a DU ID number to supplement their weekly food supply in times of need. New visitors are asked to fill out a short demographic survey.
Winter Quarter update:
The Food Pantry is currently located in Community Commons 1100 (Green Suite, first floor).
Hours of Operation:
Week 1 – Closed
Weeks 2 and 3 – Serving the community on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2-6 p.m. (closed Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day)
- The Food Pantry will eventually transition to the new storefront in Driscoll, Lower Level later this quarter.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit DU Food Pantry
You can donate to the DU Food Pantry here.
Swipe Out Hunger
During the donation drives held each quarter, students can donate swipes by filling out a donation form at the campus dining hall registers. Swipes are then redistributed to students facing food insecurity through the Student Outreach & Support Office.
If you are interested in applying for swipes through the Swipe Out Hunger program, please complete the Swipe Out Hunger Application.
For more information about Swipe Out Hunger, check out the Swipe Out Hunger website.
Colorado offers a Medicaid program that may be available to some students. Interested students can review eligibility requirements or begin their application here. If SOS can help in any way, please let us know.
For application support please use these resources for further information:
- General Customer Service Line: 800-511-5010, email@example.com
- Medical Application Assistance Customer Service: 855-221-4138 or 303-755-4138, firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Students who are interested in applying for Colorado SNAP Benefits can view general eligibility requirements here. Eligibility requirements specifically for students can be viewed here.
More students are now temporarily eligible for SNAP benefits as a result of changes in federal law due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanded access to SNAP benefits includes students who are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work-study, and students who have a zero federal EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Students must also meet other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria.
The Department of Education’s Electronic Announcement on this topic provides further links on SNAP benefits and eligibility rules.
No-Cost Food and Grocery Services
Denver Community Fridge
The Denver community fridge offers free food 24/7. Fridges with pantry items and fresh food are located in 8 locations across Denver. Find specific locations and more information at the link below.
The GrowHaus’ food access programs offer healthy and affordable food options for residents of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. The GrowHaus programming is currently operating out of two hub locations in Denver.
All food access programming, including our no-cost, low-cost, and social enterprise food box program, is operating out of a warehouse in Park Hill.
- Phone: (720) 515-4751
- Location: 3840 York St. Denver, CO 80205
- For Food Box program inquiries, email email@example.com
- For general inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunger Free Colorado
Hunger Free Colorado, a statewide nonprofit organization, connects people to food resources to meet existing needs. Hunger Free Colorado also seeks policy and social changes in order to move toward a hunger-free state.
- Phone: (720) 328-1284
- Location: 1355 S Colorado Blvd Suite 201, Denver, CO 80222
Same Café offers an exchange program for which volunteers are offered a hot meal for half an hour of work. If you want to exchange volunteer time for a meal, just show up at the Café and order a delicious meal! When you check out, let us know you would like to exchange time for the meal and we will get you signed up for a shift that day
- Phone: 720-530-6853
- Location: 2023 East Colfax Ave
Capitol Hill Community Services
Capitol Hill Community Services offers meals at two locations in metro Denver. Our mission is to provide reliable, healthy meals to the homeless and poor that will enable a return to a self-sufficient life.
- Trinity United Methodist Church
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11:45AM-12:15PM
- Agape Christian Church
- Saturday 11:30AM-12:15PM
Contact information: 303-847-8239
- Trinity United Methodist Church
Friends of St. Andrew Hospitality Center
Lunch and Food baskets are available to Aurora Residents at St. Andrew Hospitality Center. Please arrive at the center no later than 11 AM. Proof of Residence in Aurora will be required, so please bring a government-issued ID and social security card.
This proof will need to show that you are a resident of Aurora, currently living with family members in Aurora, experiencing homelessness, or living in a motel in Aurora.
- Phone: 303-364-2329
- Hours: Monday-Friday 10:15 AM- 1:15 PM
- Over 18: Need to bring proof of residence in Aurora
- Under 18: Need a birth certificate
Father Woody’s Haven of Hope: Jay Gould Center
Father Woody's Haven of Hope offers medical services, showers, food boxes, laundry and phone service (1-3 day turnaround), wireless internet access, clothing bank, mail and document safekeeping, over-the-counter medication, Veteran Affairs Representative, outreach coordinator, and eye clinic.
- Phone: 303-607-0855
- Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Monday-Friday
- Hot Lunches served at 10 am, Monday-Friday
- Location: 1101 W. 7th Avenue Denver, CO 80204
Holy Ghost Church
- Sandwiches line Monday-Saturday 10AM-10:30AM
- Socks available year-round, hats & gloves available October-April
- Personal care items available: soap, razors, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.
- Money for work tools must have regular employment
- Money for vital records including birth certificates, social security cards, I.D. Cards, Licenses
- Contact: email@example.com
- Phone: (303) 297-3441
- Service Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM -3:30 PM (in basement)
- Location: 1900 California Denver, Colorado 80202
St. Elizabeth of Hungary at Speer and Arapahoe
St. Elizabeth of Hungary on the corner of Speer and Arapahoe offers sandwich lunches from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM daily, however, sandwiches often run out by 11:30. No ID is required. Clothing and toiletries are also distributed daily after sandwiches run out.
- Hours: Lunch from 11:00 am-12:00 PM Sandwich Line everyday, often runs out by 11:30, please arrive early
- Location: 1060 St. Francis Way; Denver, CO 80204
- Phone: 303-534-4014
Volunteers of America Meals
Volunteers of America Meals is still operating normally with regards to church services and meals. If weather permits, they are doing church and meals outside.
- Phone: 720-217-3884
- Meal Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
- Meal Hours: Friday, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
- Meal Hours: Sunday 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The Delores Project
The Delores Project provides safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals who are unhoused. They also work to end houselessness by advocating for solutions to the ongoing housing crisis.
- There are no restrictions for how long someone can stay
- Hours of Operation: Now a 24/7 shelter
- Those looking for shelter should call us at 10am daily at 303-534-5411 to inquire about bed availability and complete a brief phone screen
- In order to secure a bed over the phone at 10am, individuals will be asked to provide documentation of at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. We do not hold or reserve beds for subsequent dates. New guests will be required to complete a Covid-19 rapid test upon arrival.
Denver Rescue Mission
- For men:
- 48th Avenue Center
- 4600 48th Ave
- open 24/7 offering 3 meals a day, showers, restrooms and access to the Mission's Next Step Service
- Lawerence street shelter
- 1130 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO 80205
- Phone: 303.294.015
- Open 365 days a year, the Lawrence Street Shelter offers 173 beds for overnight guests.
- Shelter opens at 3 or 4 pm for folks to come sleep
- The Crossing
- New life program 9-12 month program young adult or adult men to help get life back on track
- 48th Avenue Center
- For women:
- 6100 Smith Road (Monday-Friday only from 10AM-11AM) to participate in STAR Transitional Program
- Women must have income
- No overnight shelter available for women
- Phone: 303-297-1815
- For men:
Urban Peak has a 40-bed overnight shelter for youth ages 15 through 20. They are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and offer a safe and welcoming environment where your rights and identity will be respected. The Urban Peak is a safe space for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Location: 2100 Stout St. Denver, CO 80205
- Phone: (303) 974-2900
Health & Counseling Center (HCC) Resources
All undergraduate students pay the Student Health & Counseling Fee (HCF), ensuring eligibility for low-cost, easy-access health and counseling services right on campus. Graduate students are also encouraged to pay the quarterly Health & Counseling Fee in order to have low-cost access to the services available at the HCC.
If you pay your quarterly Health & Counseling Fee (HCF), counseling and medical appointments have very low co-pays. With both the HCF and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) visits are usually free.
All group therapy visits are also free. More information on the Health & Counseling Fee can be found here. If students are concerned about any additional costs of counseling or medical appointments, they can contact the Health & Counseling Center Directly at 303-871-2205.