The Co-Op at 1st’s services include Food and Energy Bill Assistance, SNAP Enrollment and Benefits and Double Bucks

Food Assistance

We are happily offering a free breakfast and lunch program for all children 18 and under. This free food program is designed to help you continue to provide your children with nutritious and filling meals without the hassle of preparing breakfast and lunch every day. Each child gets five free breakfasts and five free lunches every single week. The free breakfasts consist of burritos, cereal or oatmeal with milk and fruit. The free lunch can be pasta, casseroles or a sandwich or wrap with fruit and milk. All of these meals are designed with nutrition in mind so you can feel confident that you are feeding you kids high quality food. School is back in session and this program gives you free school lunches every day!

We are currently offering pick-up on Tuesdays from 10am to 6:30 pm. When you arrive at The Co-Op (located at 5045 West 1st Avenue, Denver 80219), please proceed to the east parking lot. Our volunteers will meet you at your car and load it for you without you having to move! We do ask that you wear a mask during pickup for the safety of our volunteers.

This program runs through September 28, 2021 so be sure to take advantage of these offerings before then. Stay tuned for additional programs as we are always trying to offer something to our community. In the meantime, check out our My Food Box subscription which offers convenient pre-made meal and grocery delivery and pick-up – and it accepts Double Bucks which make your SNAP benefits go farther.

Energy Bill Assistance

We proudly provide energy assistance to residents in Denver. We work with Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) to help families and individuals keep the lights on. If you’ve received a late notice or a threat of disconnection, we can pay your overdue electric bill directly to the utility company. This program is good once per year per household and can provide up to $1000 of relief. There are a few qualifications like your utility provider and your household income – to learn more about those you can visit Energy Outreach Colorado directly. We believe that everyone deserves access to the resources they need to keep power in their homes, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions on how to apply for energy assistance in Colorado.

Contact Alyssa at 720-638-5992 or [email protected]

Energy Assistance in Denver


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps)

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a national program that helps people get access to affordable and healthy food. This program is formerly known as food stamps and is widely available in Colorado to qualifying families and individuals. Every month you will have benefits loaded to an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. This card functions as a debit card and can be used at participating markets such as ours.

Are you wondering how to apply for SNAP Benefits? Well look no further, we can help you get signed up so you can feed your family with ease. If you are eligible, you will be set up with your EBT card and benefits account, which will be automatically loaded with benefits on a monthly basis. When you go to shop, just look for stores that accept SNAP Benefits – better yet, find a market (like ours) that also honors Double Up Bucks so you can make your benefits go farther!

If you have questions about what you can purchase with your SNAP benefits, reach out to us so we can help you make the most of your benefits! 

SNAP benefits may be used to buy:

  • SNAP Benefits in DenverBreads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, fish and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat

Contact Alyssa at 720-638-5992 or [email protected]

Double Bucks

If you qualify for SNAP benefits you automatically qualify for Double Up Bucks as well. We love Double Up Bucks because they really stretch your benefits and help you get all the food you and your family need. There is nothing special that you need to do to take advantage of these, other than use your EBT card to make purchases. However, Double Up Bucks only apply to produce purchases. You will have up to $20 matched on a daily basis on qualifying products or purchases. The Double Up Bucks program is designed to provide access to healthy food and encourage Coloradoans to add more fresh produce to their diets. It also supports local farmers and is an impactful investment in local communities – a win-win in all ways!