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Food Assistance Programs

What is Food Assistance?

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

Am I Eligible?
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.

How Do I Apply?

English and Spanish Applications are available at Summit County Social Services.  We are located in the Medical Office Building, 360 Peak One Drive, Suite 230, Frisco, Colorado. 
We are now accepting walk in appointments for Food Assistance.  Hours are subject to vary.  Please call 970-668-9160 if you have questions.   

You can apply online at 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, US Passport)

  • Proof of citizenship (US 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 self employed you will need to provide 12 months of profit/loss statements and/or your most recent business and personal tax return. 

How Long Before I Receive Benefits?
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 7 days from the date of their application.

Can I use my EBT card in another state?
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.

How can I check the balance of my 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 on the internet 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.

Do I have to use all of my food assistance benefits the month I get them, or will they carry over into the next month?
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.

What do I do if my EBT card is lost or stolen?
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.

To report fraud, please contact us at 970-668-9717.