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Student Outreach and Support

Basic Needs at DU

Basic Needs at DU is a set of resources and information compiled by Student Outreach & Support to help students in navigating access to Basic Needs such as food and housing.

Health and Counseling Center (HCC) Resources

All undergraduates students pay the Student Health and Counseling Fee (HCF), ensuring eligibility for low-cost, easy access services right on campus.  Graduate students are encouraged to pay the quarterly Health and Counseling fee in order to have low-cost access to the exemplary services available at the HCC. With the HCF, Counseling and medical appointments have a low co-pay of around $20 (subject to change depending on the year), and if students also have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) visits are usually are free.  All group therapy visits are free. More information on the Health and Counseling Fee can be found here. If students are concerned about the cost of counseling or medical appointments, they can contact the Health and Counseling Center Directly at 303-871-2205.


Students who are interested in applying for Colorado Medicaid Benefits can view eligibility requirements here. Students who are interested in individually checking their eligibility or filling out the application for Medicaid benefits can get started here.

Application support and questions can be found here:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Students who are interested in applying for Colorado SNAP Benefits can view eligibility requirements here. Specific eligibility requirements for students can be viewed here.

**COVID 19 Changes-Please note that more students are now eligible for SNAP benefits as a result of changes in federal law due to the pandemic. The changes are temporary during this time period.

The expanded access to SNAP benefits now includes students who are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study, or students who have a zero federal EFC. Students must meet other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria.

The link to the Department of Education’s Electronic Announcement on this topic provides further links on SNAP benefits and eligibility rules.

How to Make a Referral

If you or another member of the DU community is experiencing homelessness, a risk of homelessness, or food security, and would like to be referred to the office of Student Outreach & Support, please submit a SOS Referral here.

DU Food Pantry

The DU Food Pantry will be open beginning Week 1 of Winter 2021. Students will not be allowed to shop for their own items due to COVID-19. The Food Pantry will be handing out pre-packed boxes for people who sign up for boxes ahead of time. Details and the weekly order form here:

Learn how to donate to the Food Pantry here.

Additional Information:

  • Pickups will continue to be on Tuesdays 4pm-8pm during classes and 2pm-6pm during breaks.

  • Bags can be picked up on the Williams Street side of Centennial Towers. All users will be required to be wearing a mask when they pick up their box.

  • We are asking all users to request food boxes in advance. Food Box requests must be completed the Saturday before the scheduled pick-up day. Fill out the form to request your box above.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to

If you are in need of support or assistance regarding food and housing insecurity please submit an SOS Referral. 

Swipe Out Hunger at DU

During the donation drives held each quarter, students can donate swipes by filling out a donation form at the campus dining hall registers. Swipes are then redistributed to students facing food insecurity through the Student Outreach and Support Office.  For more information, check out the Swipe Out Hunger website.

If you are interested in information regarding the Swipe Out Hunger donation process, please reach out to 303-871-7757 or 

Denver Community Resources 


Religiously Unaffiliated Organizations:

4751 York St. Denver, CO 80216
No Cost Grocery Program with hot meal served at 12:00 PM. To sign-up for no cost groceries 
Arrive at around 10:00 AM to put your name on the list.
Hunger Free Colorado
Hotline Number: (720) 328-1284
1355 S Colorado Blvd Suite 201, Denver, CO 80222
Hunger Free Colorado, a statewide nonprofit organization, connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger. We envision a day when every Coloradan has equitable access to the nutritious food needed to thrive and reach their full potential.
Same Café
2023 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
P: 720-530-6853
Volunteer for Meals Shifts: 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM 
Monday Through Saturday: Walk-in volunteering: trade ½ hour of volunteer time for a meal
Religiously Affiliated Organizations:

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Food Pantry at 1:00 PM Monday-Friday
Address: 1530 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-831-7010
Food Line:  Food Line serves sandwiches at 8:00 AM Monday-Friday. This can be accessed on the intersection of Pennsylvania and Logan through the Parking Lot.

Capitol Hill Community Services
3615 South Huron Street #206
Englewood, Co 80110
P: 303.847.8239

Trinity United Methodist Church
1820 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202
P: 303 - 839-1493
Lunch: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Agape Christian Church
2501 California St
Denver CO 80205 
P: 303.296.2454
Lunch: Saturday: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Jordan AME Church
2900 Milwaukee St
Denver, CO 80205
P: (303) 322-7427
Lunch Tuesday, 12:00 PM-12:30 PM

Friends of St. Andrew Hospitality Center
1525 Dallas Street,
Aurora, CO 80010
P: 303-364-2329
Monday-Friday 10:15 AM- 1:15 PM
Lunch and Food baskets available to Aurora Residents: Arrive at center no later than 11 AM.  Proof of Residence in Aurora: You will need to bring a government issued ID and social security card. This proof will need to show that you are a resident of Aurora, currently living with family members in Aurora, experiencing homelessness, or living in a motel in Aurora. 

  • Over 18: Need to bring proof of residence in Aurora and will need to sign assistance agreement 
  • Under 18: Need birth certificate  

Father Woody’s Haven of Hope: Jay Gould Center
1101 W. 7 th Avenue (7 th and Lipan)
Denver, CO 80204
P: 303-607-0855
Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday-Friday 
Hot Lunch at 10 am (Monday-Friday)
Also has medical services, showers, food boxes, laundry and phone service(1-3 day turnaround), wireless internet access, clothing bank, mail and document safe keeping, over the counter medication, VA Representative, outreach coordinator, and eye clinic.

Holy Ghost Church
1900 California St, Denver, CO 80202
Sandwich Line: Monday-Saturday 10am-10:30am
Vouchers: State ID or Birth Certificate(in state or out of state)

St Elizabeth of Hungary at Speer and Arapahoe:
1060 St. Francis Way; Denver, CO 80204 (Speer Blvd & Arapahoe on the Auraria Campus)
P: 303-534-4014
Lunch: 11:00 am-12:00 PM Sandwich Line (Everyday except Thanksgiving)
  • No ID required

Volunteers of America Meals Available: The Mission is still operating normally with regards to Church services and meals. If weather permits, we are doing Church and meals outside. Please click here for hours.  

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 9:00  - 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m; Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m

Meals (Monday through Thursday): Breakfast  8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Dinner  5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday - 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Sunday  1:00  p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Updated September 2020


The Delores Project
P.O. Box 1406
Denver, CO 80201-1406
The Delores Project provides safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. We also work to end homelessness by advocating for housing solutions.


  • There are no restrictions for how long someone can stay. 
  • Individuals can call every day at 10AM to check for openings
  • Hours of Operation during Operation: Now a 24/7 shelter 
  • Capacity is smaller (32 beds available) due to social distancing mandates 

Denver Rescue Mission


  • For Men
    • Denver Coliseum( 4600 Humboldt St. Denver, CO 80216) from  1-4 PM 
    • 48th Shelter: 4330 48th Avenue 1-4 PM
  • For Women
    • 6100 Smith Road (Monday-Friday only from 10AM-11AM) to participate in STAR Transitional Program
    • Women must have income
    • No overnight shelter available for women

Urban Peak
2100 Stout St. Denver, CO 80205 
(303) 974-2900
Shelter: Urban Peak has a 40-bed overnight shelter for youth ages 15 through 20. We are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and offer a safe and welcoming environment where we respect the rights and identities of the youth we serve. We are a safe place for LGBTIQ youth and accept their orientation and identity.