Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, helps put food on the table for millions of households each month. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers SNAP at the federal level through its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). State agencies administer the program at state and local levels, including determination of eligibility and allotments, and distribution of benefits. Households must meet eligibility requirements and provide verification of their household circumstances.

Source: MedlinePlus and U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

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Local Resources

Food Assistance (SNAP), Larimer County
Call 970-498-6300 or visit the Larimer County Department of Human Services at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive in Fort Collins for information or applications for food assistance and other basic assistance programs.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), CSU Extension Office
This link takes you to the Colorado State University Extension website, which offers nutrition education and info about healthy food choices for low-income residents. In Larimer County, contact these educators through the Extension office at 1525 Blue Spruce Drive in Fort Collins, 970-498-6000.

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