The Crestone Eagle • May, 2020

Food benefits change to help families during the pandemic

by Hannah Thill

SLV Local Foods Coalition

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, food benefits (SNAP), will temporarily increase to the maximum allotment. For a one-person household, that is $194/month or $646/month for a 4-person household. This emergency allotment, approved month by month, is currently approved through April.

Counties across Colorado are streamlining the application process to get needed food assistance to families as quickly as possible.  Anyone is welcome to apply for food benefits online, by phone, or by picking up an application at your county office.  For checking your eligibility and applying online, go to Colorado.gov/peak. You can also apply or check your EBT balance through the MyCOBenefits app.

Community outreach partners will assist you in applying over the phone. Call the SLV Local Foods Coalition at 719-539-5606 (mobile); 719-937-2319 (leave a message); or Hunger Free Colorado’s Hotline, 855-855-4626.

For general information about food resources in the San Luis Valley, visit the online directory at https://sites.google.com/view/slv-covid-food-resource/home.

And for any other questions, you may call the SLV COVID information hotline 9am-noon and 4-7pm, 7 days a week. For English 719-480-8719 o en español 719-315-5019.

The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and its food bank partners are very interested in learning about anyone who may be sheltering at home without the ability to drive and needs food support or other assistance. For this call 719-539-5606 or fill in the form found at the COVID online directory mentioned above and also available through the SLVLFC website at www.slvlocalfoods.org. Be safe and be well!