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Food Assistance Programs

The Food Assistance Program provides monthly benefits to low-income households in Summit County to assist with the cost of food. These benefits are deposited monthly onto an EBT card.

You may be eligible for food assistance if you:
• Are unemployed, work part time or work for low wages.
• Receive other public assistance payments.
• Are elderly or disabled and live on a fixed, limited income.
• Are homeless.

Only households who are or have children that are U.S. citizens and/or legal permanent residents are eligible for Food Assistance.

Applying For Food Assistance
English and Spanish applications are available at Summit County Human Services.  We are located in the Summit County Medical Office Building, 360 Peak One Drive, Suite 230, Frisco, Colorado.

We are now accepting walk-in appointments for Food Assistance. Hours may vary. Please call 970-668-9160 if you have questions.   

You can apply online through the State of Colorado's Program Eligibility and Application Kit.

Bring the completed application and all required documents to our office for a walk-in interview, or call 970-668-9160 to schedule an interview in order to determine eligibility.

Applications cannot be processed without all required documents, which include:

  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, ID card, resident card, U.S. passport)
  • Proof of citizenship (U.S. passport, birth certificate or Permanent Resident Card)
  • Social Security numbers for all household members
  • Proof of income (pay stubs, letter from employer)
  • Proof of any non-work income (unemployment, child support payments, etc.)
  • If you're self employed, you will need to provide 12 months of profit/loss statements and/or your most recent business and personal tax return.

Benefits Timeline
Food assistance applications will be processed within 30 days from the date our office receives your application. Households that meet expedited criteria may receive food assistance benefits within seven days from the date of their application.

Employment First Program
The Colorado Employment First program helps prepare Food Assistance recipients for employment through job-seeking skills training, work experience and monthly job-search support activities. Most Food Assistance recipients between the ages of 18 and 59 are required to participate in the program.

Summit County implemented Employment First in our community on Nov. 1, 2015. If you were approved for Food Assistance prior to Nov. 1, you are still required to participate in Employment First. Summit County is holding multiple Employment First orientation sessions for Food Assistance recipients. All recipients will soon receive an invitation to attend an orientation. If you do not attend an orientation, you may lose your Food Assistance benefits.

Using EBT Cards in Other States
You can use your EBT card in any grocery store or retail location anywhere in the United States that has been authorized by the USDA Food & Nutrition Service and displays the Quest logo.

Only Wyoming uses a different EBT card, called Smartcards. If you need to use your EBT card in Wyoming, do so at the larger chain stores that have their own equipment to process both types of EBT cards.

Checking the Balance of an EBT Card
The easiest way to know your account balance is to keep your receipts. If you don't have your receipts, you may check your balance online at Colorado Quest Card.

You can also call Customer Service at 1-888-328-2656 or 1-800-659-2656 (TTY). You are only allowed 10 balance inquiry phone calls per calendar month. You may also insert your EBT card into an ATM machine to check your balance.

Monthly Carryover of Benefits
Any benefits left at the end of the month in your Food Assistance EBT account will be carried over into the next month. Any benefits not used will be removed from the card after 365 days.

Lost or Stolen EBT Cards
If your EBT card is lost or stolen, call Customer Service toll free at
1-888-328-2656 or 1-800-659-2656 (TTY) to report it missing. Then come into Summit County Division of Health and Human Services to obtain a replacement card.

Reporting Food Assistance Fraud
To report fraud, please contact us at 970-668-9717.