Tri-County Health Network believes that good health starts with eating well. However, food insecurity exists in our community and approximately 12% of our residents lack adequate access to food. In addition, the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables in rural areas can many times be more expensive than the products available in more densely populated places, ultimately proving to be cost-prohibitive to some residents. Because of these needs, TCHNetwork works diligently to connect people to resources through its programs so they can not only buy food but also be empowered to eat healthy on a budget.
TCHNetwork has been enrolling area residents in SNAP (Food Assistance) since 2018. Our state and federally certified Enrollment Navigators can help determine your eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). From determining eligibility to filling out the application and making certain that you are familiar with all the program benefits– our Navigators will help you through the entire enrollment process. Learn more about SNAP here.
Our Navigators are also knowledgeable about the Colorado “double-up bucks” program where participants can access up to $20 per day more to spend on locally grown produce. It works like this – if you spend $10 of your SNAP benefit at a farmer’s market you receive a dollar for dollar match to spend on additional fruits and veggies. Spend $10, you get an additional $10 for free!
In 2019, TCHNetwork helped 107 community members enroll in SNAP (Food Assistance) benefits, educated 60 people on how to cook healthy meals through our 6-week Cooking Matters class, and connected 30 people to vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables through our FoodRX Program which is offered in partnership with local clinics. Our Community Health Workers also provided coaching to 533 individuals, which frequently includes helping people develop a plan to eat healthily.
In response to the COVID crisis in 2020, TCHNetwork delivered 525 hot meals to seniors who were unable to gather weekly due to physical distancing public orders. Additionally, for the first time ever, TCHNetwork was able to continue to offer the school lunch program throughout the summer. Approximately 65 lunches are prepared per week for students in need from the R1 school district.
TCHNetwork is committed to health equity and continues to seek out ways to improve access to food and healthy eating for our community through education, coaching, and additional programming.
Get Enrolled in Food Assistance
Please contact one of our local HCGs, located in Ouray, San Miguel, Delta, and Montrose counties, to schedule an appointment to help you apply or email us.
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