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Tough Choices

Making tough choices and trade-offs to keep food on the table

According to Hunger In America 2014 more than 46 million people each year including nearly 12 million children and 7 million seniors are receiving food assistance. Locally, the Food Bank for Larimer County and our partners participated in a study with 150 face-to-face interviews collected at 49 Food Link agencies, including the Food Bank’s Food Share programs, in Spring 2013.

Note: This report does not account for clients receiving food from other food providers such as day care centers and senior centers, residential programs for disabled and other food bank programs such as Kids Cafe and Kids Link.

Following are the choices client households reported making in the past 12 months:

  • 76% report choosing between paying for food and pay for utilities
    • 40% of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 67% report making choices between paying for food and paying for transportation.
    • 39% of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 79% report choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
    • 38% of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 54% report choosing between paying for food and paying for housing.
    • 33% of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 39% report choosing between paying for food and paying for school loans, tuition or other educational expenses.
    • 31% are making the choice every month.

You can be sure your gift to Food Bank for Larimer County will be used efficiently and effectively to feed those in need. $.96 of $1 is used for hunger-relief programming. And with just $1, Food Bank for Larimer County can provide $5 worth of food to an individual or family in need. We greatly respect and value our donors; please visit our Privacy Policy which ensures our commitment to you. For the 12th straight year, the Food Bank for Larimer County has been ranked as a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator.

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