Food Distribution Programs

Food Distribution Programs

Food Distribution Programs | Household Programs | Child Nutrition/Schools | Disaster Feeding/Commodity Alerts | Civil Rights | Contact Us

COVID-19 FAQ: Please visit this page for information, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about Colorado food programs in light of the COVID-19 crisis

The Colorado Department of Human Services' Food Distribution Programs (FDP) provide U.S. Department of Agriculture foods to households, food banks, schools and child care facilities throughout Colorado. USDA foods are a nutritious form of food assistance that includes meats, fish, poultry, grains, dairy, fruits, vegetables and beans. The FDP relies on a partnership of the entire community, including the food and dairy industry, federal and state governments, and local agencies, for the ongoing success to meet the demands of our clients.

Household Programs

Food Distribution Programs work with emergency feeding organizations throughout Colorado to provide households in need with food assistance. Household programs include The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Read more about the CSFP and TEFAP here.

Child Nutrition and Schools

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are federally assisted meal programs that operate in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. The CDHS Food Distribution Programs distributes USDA foods for these programs. Read more about the programs here.

Disaster Feeding and Commodity Alerts

CDHS has the authority to release USDA Foods to disaster relief agencies for mass feeding when the president issues a disaster declaration and in certain other types of emergencies. The Commodity Alert System delivers notices of significant holds or recalls of commodity foods distributed through Food and Nutrition Service programs. Read more here.

Civil Rights

Institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are required to display the appropriate “And Justice for All” poster in their facilities where it can be viewed by customers. Learn more about the poster and read the USDA's non-discrimination statement here.
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