The Reasons Behind the Need
In a typical month, about 90% of our survey respondents indicated they get some or even most of the food their families consume from food assistance programs (like Community Food Share, food pantries, school programs, WIC, or SNAP). Why may this be?
One reason is lack of sufficient income: it’s expensive to live in this part of Colorado. In Boulder County, a family of four needs to earn at least $86,000 annually to make ends meet without public or private assistance. Comparatively, the majority of families served by Community Food Share and its Partner Agencies survive on an annual income of $50,196…or less.
Beyond income, however, people may need to access food assistance for a variety of reasons. Whether they lost a job, experience terminal illness, or have become a caretaker for other individuals, Community Food Share and other local hunger relief organizations are here to help.