public or charitable assistance

This chart shows the use of public or charitable assistance within the past year.

Results from The Hunger Coalition’s yearlong Blaine County Community Food Assessment study indicate that 21 percent of households in the county use public or charitable assistance to help meet their nutritional needs.

    Those in need seek help from numerous sources, including food stamps, School District lunch programs, church dinners and the Hunger Coalition’s mobile food bank.

    The Hunger Coalition mailed 8,000 surveys to household food shoppers over 18 years of age and received 1,100 back. The nonprofit organization also held five focus groups for identified “food insecure individuals”—those with children, those without children, seniors, Hispanics and those living in Carey.

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