Food Assistance Need Grows in Boulder

The Boulder Emergency Family Assistance Association is seeing the need for help grow locally. The non-profit group has recently hit a record high of the number of families seeking help.

The group broke its record on Nov. 1 when 111 families came in the doors needing help. Officials blame the still lagging economy for the fact that more people seem to need nutrition assistance in Boulder and across Boulder County.

The non-profit group isn’t the only one seeing the number of people needing help rising. More people in Boulder County are seeking help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Growth of the program has increased 140% from March 2008 to March 2011. Officials say much of the growth is coming from people who are likely seeking nutrition assistance for the first time ever.

Local food banks also are seeing a rise in the numbers of people seeking help. Some people may be seeking help due to unemployment running out or possibly new job losses, observers speculate. While other people needing help are employed, however the pay of their jobs isn’t enough to make ends meet.

Local food banks are always seeking donations of peanut butter, tuna, canned chili, canned fruit and cereals.



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