Food Distribution Programs


Two photos, left to right: Man delivering a box of food to a woman at her home; two young girls grabbing food in a school cafeteria

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

CDHS's 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).

Learn more about household programs

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.

Learn more about child nutrition and schools

Disaster feeding

CDHS has the authority to release USDA Foods to disaster relief agencies for mass feeding during disasters 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.

Learn more about disaster feeding


Civil rights and non-discrimination statement
And Justice for All poster

Because the Colorado Department of Human Services administers U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, it is required to follow various USDA rules and regulations. 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.

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. All "And Justice for All" posters may not be reproduced or published in any way. This means that agencies may only post the authorized poster received from our office or their regional food bank. The image displayed here is for the purpose of reference rather than for printing and display.


Nondiscrimination statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs, are prohibited from discriminating based various factors. Read the USDA's full nondiscrimination statement in English and Spanish.

Contact Food Distribution Programs staff

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Main phone line: 303.866.5106

Toll-free phone line: 888.467.0418

Staff members:

Kathy Underhill
FDP Manager

Deborah Cameron
CN USDA Foods Manager

David Dingus
Local Food Purchase & Resilience Project Lead

Gabe Dusenbury
Contract Specialist

Samantha Kostman-Fesler
Everyday Eats Program Specialist

Tara Munoz
FDP Coordinator 

Jonathan Sly
Inventory Specialist 

Leah Sullivan
TEFAP Program Specialist