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Health and Wellness

Health Matters

The following are local and national resources to help you live a healthy life. Click on any of the images below to explore more information about that particular health topic.

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Food Assistance

According to Feeding America, 627,480 people are struggling with hunger in Colorado – and of them 190,780 are children. The following resources are available to residents of Garfield County to help fight hunger:

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a Food Assistance program in Colorado, formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP provides food assistance benefits as part of a federal nutrition program to help low-income households purchase food.

The Double Up Food Bucks program doubles the value of federal nutrition (SNAP or food stamps) benefits spent at participating markets and food retail stores, helping people bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers. The wins are three-fold: more families have access to fruits and vegetables, local farmers gain new customers, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Find a Double Up Food Bucks location near you.

Garfield County Libraries is pleased to partner once again with Meal Monkey to provide weekly free USDA-sponsored meals to youth. Please visit the Silt Branch Library on Fridays between 11:30 am and 1 pm to pick up a free meal in a grab-and-go fashion for youth 18 years or younger.

LIFT-UP’s food pantries throughout Garfield County serve thousands each year.


The Extended Table (soup kitchen) has been a vital part of LIFT-UP’s programs for over 20 years and now has locations in Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

Every February, your Garfield County Libraries host a food drive where all collected food is donated to local food pantries. In 2021, the drive was expanded to also collect personal hygiene products.

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Health Insurance

Health insurance helps you pay for medical care. Using online tools you can compare plans, prices, and apply for financial help to lower the cost of your health insurance.
  • There is an “open enrollment” period where everyone can buy health insurance. Coloradans in certain situations can buy/change their health insurance throughout the year. Find out when you qualify.
  • Dental and vision insurance can be purchased throughout the year (and are not subject to open enrollment periods). Learn more about your options.

  • If you are a small business looking to cover your employees, or if you are an employee of a small business that doesn’t offer health insurance you can find coverage options by starting here

  • Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, those with certain disabilities, and those with End-State Renal Disease. Different parts of Medicare help cover specific services. 

  • Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is public health insurance for Coloradans who qualify. Learn more about the program, if you qualify, and how to apply.

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Mental Health

Learn what mental health resources are available in Garfield County, Colorado, and nationally.
  • In crisis? Colorado Crisis Services can help.
  • If you or a loved one are experiencing mental illness or addiction there are therapy and counseling options with Mind Springs Health as well as the West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction.
  • Find drug and alcohol addiction rehab, treatment, and recovery resources in Colorado by clicking here.
  • COACT Colorado helps families with a child or youth with mental health challenges by using a team dedicated to finding solutions for your unique needs.
  • Access a college planning guide (and resources) for students with mental health disorders by clicking here.

Online Databases

These databases are available to those with a Garfield County Libraries card. If accessing from home, you will need to enter your library card number. Don’t have a card yet? Sign up online!

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