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Arty's Pantry

Students at the Arty's Pantry in the Student Commons

A Free Resource for Aims Students

As an Aims student, you should be able to concentrate on your studies, plan for the semester, and not worry about how you will get your next meal. The Arty's Pantry program helps ensure that all Aims students can access food and the basic supplies they need to succeed.

Arty's Pantry offers online ordering. Choose your pick-up location and time on the form and then show up to pick up your items. It's that easy! 

Pick-up is available at the Greeley, Windsor, Fort Lupton and Loveland campuses.

Questions about how the program works or how to order food or supplies? Email Arty's Pantry.


Support Arty's Pantry

Provided by the Student Life Department, Arty's Pantry is funded by various grants and the generous donations from Aims staff, faculty and the greater community. 

For information on how you can support Arty’s Pantry, please email Arty's Pantry

Donations are gratefully accepted at the pantry in the Student Commons on the Greeley Campus.

You can also make a financial donation through the Aims Foundation.


Arty's Pantry logo of Arty the Aardvark on a red apple with a green stem next to the Aims logo and the tagline "All in."

Arty's Pantry Pickup Locations

Arty’s Pantry Policy

  • Arty’s Pantry is open to ALL currently enrolled students with an "A" number.
  • Students can order from Arty's Pantry once per week.
  • Students must present their Aims student ID and agree to the assessment agreement as part of the service.

Contact Arty's Pantry

Head shot of Patty Schulz

Patty Schulz

Program Coordinator
Hunger Free Campus
Student Life

Hunger-Free Campus Student Advisory Council

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Get Involved!

Join the Hunger-Free Student Advisory Council and help find ways to address food insecurity at Aims. All students are welcome to attend the monthly meetings starting January 2023.

MISSION: 
Bring together the community of Aims to address barriers that impact student food security.

PURPOSE: 
Improve the health and academic success of the students of Aims Community college.

VISION: 
Create an environment at Aims Community College in which every student, regardless of their affiliation or socioeconomic status, has sufficient access to nutritious food.

All Meetings are scheduled in person on the Aims Greeley Campus, Student Commons, Room 114.

  • January 26, 2023, 2 - 3:15 p.m.
  • February 23, 2023, 2 - 3:15 p.m.
  • March 30, 2023, 2 - 3:15 p.m.
  • April 27, 2023, 2 - 3:15 p.m.
  • May 25, 2023, 2 - 3:15 p.m.

Weld Food Bank Farms to Families Fresh Food Truck at Aims Weld County Campuses

Aims Students are invited to come out and pick up fresh fruits, veggies, and more! Click on your campus below for dates.

* first come, first served basis - while supplies last

3rd Wednesday/month
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Student Commons Parking Lot

  • November 16, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023
  • June 21, 2023
  • July 19, 2023
  • August 16, 2023
  • September 20, 2023
  • October 18, 2023
  • November 11, 2023

The Farms to Families Food Truck will not be on campus during holidays and/or days that Aims is closed. 
Visits may be canceled without notice in cases of inclement weather.

2nd Thursday/month
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Roundabout between PSI and AUTO

  • November 10, 2022
  • December 8, 2022
  • February 9, 2023
  • March 9, 2023
  • April 13, 2023
  • June 8, 2023
  • July 13, 2023
  • September 14, 2023
  • October 12, 2023
  • November 9, 2023

The Farms to Families Food Truck will not be on the Windsor or Fort Lupton campuses between semesters, during holidays and/or days that Aims is closed. Visits may be canceled without notice in cases of inclement weather.

3rd Thursday/month
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Outside between Prairie and Platte

  • November 17, 2022
  • January 19, 2023
  • February 16, 2023
  • April 20, 2023
  • June 22, 2023
  • July 20, 2023
  • September 21, 2023
  • October 19, 2023
  • November 16, 2023

The Farms to Families Food Truck will not be on the Windsor or Fort Lupton campuses between semesters, during holidays and/or days that Aims is closed. Visits may be canceled without notice in cases of inclement weather.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income households in Colorado purchase food. It provides a monthly benefit that helps families and individuals buy the food they need for good health.

The benefit is provided based on income, resources and the number of individuals in the household. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are used to receive the benefit and can be used similar to debit cards at participating food stores. The benefit can be doubled in value by shopping at participating markets and food stores that support the Double Up Food Bucks program.

SNAP is part of a federal nutrition program to help low-income households purchase food. County human services departments are responsible for determining eligibility and authorizing SNAP. 

SNAP is good for the local economy. Households participating in SNAP spend more on food. By providing more resources for food, SNAP helps free up cash for households with low-income to buy other essential items, like diapers and medication. As a result, retail sales increase, benefiting stores that sell both food and non-food items.

Nutrition Assistance

  • SNAP is the cornerstone of the federal nutrition assistance safety net and the first line of defense against hunger.
  • SNAP provides nutrition support to many low-income individuals.
  • In 2020, roughly 38% of SNAP participants in Colorado were under the age of 18.

Economic Benefit

  • Not only does SNAP help individuals and families when money is tight, the program also benefits our local community.
  • Every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates almost $10 in local economic activity.
  • Every additional dollar in SNAP benefits generates $1.79 of new spending in the community (Hanson, 2010).

Electronic Issuance

  • The Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card is the electronic system that allows SNAP households to access their benefits, similar to debit cards.
  • All 50 states have made the transition from paper coupons to the EBT card.
  • Participants receive a plastic EBT card, similar to a bank debit card, which can be used at USDA-authorized grocery stores and markets across the country.
  • Underserved Population
  • On average, more than $87 million in food benefits are issued statewide every month, assisting more than 250,000 households and 499,000 individuals.

Identity

  • The identity of the person applying must be verified

Residency

  • Clients must currently live in Colorado.

Citizenship

  • Must be a US citizen or have a qualifying immigration status.

SSN

  • SSN or proof of an application for a SSN must be provided for all individuals requesting assistance.

Household Composition

  • A SNAP household is composed of the individuals who buy and cook meals and will receive SNAP benefits together
  • Mandatory Members: Who is Included?
    • Spouses living in the same residence.
    • Natural, adoptive, or stepchildren under age 22 living in the same residence as parents.
    • Children under age 18 who are living under the parental care and control of an adult.
    • Individuals who state that they are buying and cooking food together.
  • Special Situations
    • Parents of a child in common who are divorced or separated and not living together, the child(ren) can only be included in the SNAP household of one parent.
    • Children of undocumented/documented immigrants may qualify for SNAP if they are citizens or if they are under age 18 and are in a qualified immigration status. Undocumented parents will not be penalized for applying on behalf of their children. However, they should be added to the application.
    • College students may qualify for SNAP benefits if they meet additional eligibility criteria and have not purchased a college meal plan that covers over half of their meals in a month. These additional eligibility requirements will be explained during the application process.

Income

  • Total household monthly gross income must be verified prior to approval unless the individual is eligible for expedited benefits. See the Colorado SNAP website at: https://cdhs.colorado.gov/snap

Resources

  • Can include checking and savings accounts, vehicles, homes, etc.
  • For most household’s resources are not counted.

Work Requirements

  • Unless exempt, individuals must meet certain work requirements.
  • Exemptions include, but are not limited to, caring for children under age 6 or a disabled individual, having a disability, or are already working 30 hours a week at minimum wage.
  • Able bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) in their home must meet or be exempt from work requirements in order to receive SNAP for more than three months within a three-year period.

Online Application:

  • Found on the PEAK website at: Colorado.gov/PEAK
  • The information entered on the PEAK online application is electronically submitted to the county office where the individual or family resides.
  • For guides and helpful tutorials on how to navigate PEAK, visit PEAK's frequently asked questions page.

Paper Application:

  • Found on the SNAP website at https://cdhs.colorado.gov/snap
  • Click on “How Do I Apply” for a list of each type of application.
  • Applications can be printed in English, Spanish, or Large Print.
  • Paper applications can be filled out and returned by mail, fax or in-person to the local county human services office.
  • Click on “county human service office” for an interactive list of county offices, for local county office contact information.

By Phone:

  • Contact one of our SNAP Outreach partners at: Hunger Free Colorado 855-855-4626

Additional Community Food Resources

If you are an Aims student who is experiencing food insecurity, there are other community resources available to help.

Weld Food Bank provides emergency food throughout Weld County. 

Clients are currently not allowed in the building; food will be brought to the parking lot. Consult the Weld Food Bank website for continued updates. For more information, visit www.weldfoodbank.org.

Contact:

Greeley Location: 1108 H Street, Greeley, CO.
Phone: 970-356-2199

Hours:

Monday to Friday: 8 - 11:45 a.m. AND
           Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 1 - 4 p.m.

The most up to date Mobile Food Pantry schedule can be found here. Please check the website or the Weld Food Bank Facebook page for cancellations or updates.

Provides food and clothing to Fort Lupton community members.

Social distancing guidelines in place. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please call and wait outside to receive orders.

Contact:

421 Denver Avenue
Fort Lupton, CO.
Phone: (303) 857-1096

Hours:

Monday to Friday: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Effective immediately, the client-choice Food Share pantries have temporarily converted to a drive-up model. Please check the Food Bank for Larimer County Facebook page for updated information. Additional information can be found here.

Location and Hours

Lincoln Avenue (Loveland):
Tuesday & Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Blue Spruce Drive (Fort Collins):
Wednesday & Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Loveland Vineyard Community Church Food Pantry is operating the food pantry and waiving the once-a-month guideline. 

Location and Hours

900 Josephine Court
Loveland CO. 
Phone: (970) 667-8668
Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. - noon

Everyone is eligible at the Loveland Community Kitchen. There are no requirements to come for a hot meal and a sustainable food bag.

Location and Hours

427 N. Garfield Ave.
Loveland, CO
Phone: (970) 278-1726
Monday - Friday: 5 - 6:30 p.m. 
Saturday/Sunday: 3 - 4:30 p.m.