The Food Assistance or Food Stamp Program provides supplemental assistance to help low-income individuals and families purchase food.
Food Assistance benefits are based on household composition and income and resources of all household members. Benefits are issued through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) System by using the QUEST card, which is similar to a debit card.
The Employment First Program, operated at the Mesa County Workforce Center in collaboration with Hilltop Community Resources, provides job search and placement services for Food Assistance recipients.
Low-income people may apply for Food Assistance at the Mesa County Department of Human Services Applications are accepted in person, and by mail, in those instances when the applicant is unable to get to a nearby office. Applicants are required to complete application forms and interview, and will need proof of income and resources, citizenship status, social security number, shelter costs and information about work or school status.
Food Assistance may be used to purchase food for human consumption or seeds and plants to grow food for household use. Food Assistance may not be used to purchase any non-food item or hot foods that are ready-to-eat or any food marketed to be heated in the store.
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food & Nutrition Service (FNS)
- Colorado Department of Human Services - Food Assistance Program
- Colorado Quest Card Customer Service (888) 328-2656