The Durango Food Bank distributes food upon request from over 30 local agencies that are responsible for screening recipients for need and residency. Referring agencies include La Plata County Department of Human Serices, Durango Community Shelter, San Juan Basin Health and most area churches.
- There are an estimated 6,420 food insecure individuals in La Plata County.…missing at least 1 meal per day.
- 52% of food insecure county residents do not qualify for SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits. They are the working poor – families and seniors who are just falling short but are contributing members of our society.
- 5% of La Plata County’s children are experiencing hunger
- 31% of those children come from homes that are likely ineligible for SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits.
- The average cost of a meal in La Plata County is $3.78.
The personal cost of hunger to a child, or to families who can’t afford to feed their children, is tough for many to imagine. While the value of a meal to a hungry child is immeasurable, the fact is that when we pull together as a community to feed our neighbors, we directly contribute to the long-term health, vibrancy and economic stability of our community.