What do you mean by "hunger"?
Hunger manifests itself as a consistent lack of enough food to meet nutritional requirements. It can mean fewer meals each day and poor-quality food that is calorie-rich but nutrient-poor. In Larimer County, thousands of people struggle each day to feed themselves and their families.
Who is hungry?
According to Hunger in America 2010, the Food Bank for Larimer County is serving 30,000 unduplicated clients annually - a 55 percent increase since 2006 - through its emergency food programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. In 2009, the Food Share pantry program at the Food Bank for Larimer County reported 27,430 unduplicated client visits. Food Share was one of the 15 participating agencies surveyed in Hunger in America 2010. The average food recipient in Larimer County who participated in Hunger in America 2010 is a married 30-49 year old Caucasian female who is a high school graduate and has 2-3 people in her household. 49% of the households who receive groceries through the Food Bank include at least one working adult. Hunger frequently strikes the most vulnerable people in our communities: 1 in 5 children do not have access to enough food to meet their nutritional needs on a regular basis.
Do people need to qualify in order to receive food from the Food Bank?
Yes, we qualify our clients through proof of residency in Larimer County and household income level. The Food Bank for Larimer County utilizes the The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) qualification standards, a federal governmental program that is administered by the Food Bank. We ask that clients prove residency in Larimer County; and they must also submit proof that their gross monthly income is below a federally determined poverty level (e.g. at or less than $40,800 for a family of four).
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