What is the Emergency Food Assistance Program?
Purpose: To prevent tribal families from experiencing hunger.
Food insecurity for Native American communities is twice the already too high rates for the general U.S. population and three times higher than the rates for White Americans. Native American Communities are 15% higher than the near U.S. average.
When children are hungry:
- Hunger may flatten the normal curve of growth.
- Higher incidence of infections; weakening immune system.
- Families are 90% more likely to be in fair or poor health.
- 30% higher rates of hospitalization compared to food secure children.
- Psychosocial dysfunction & difficulty with social interaction among children 6 to 12.
- Can cause poor school attendance & grades, anxiety & depression.
The elderly and aging: The underlying causes of or contributors to many of the nutrition-related difficulties that Elders face include:
- Frailty and poor health
- Compounded medical conditions.
- Increasing disability
- Extended hospital stays
- Consumption of fewer calories & fewer servings
- Chronic nutritional deficiencies
- Weakening of the body’s immune defenses
To receive benefits, your household gross income must be at or below 60% State Median Income (SMI). Use the chart below by finding the line containing your household size and comparing your income against the amounts listed to see if you are eligible.
This program provides vouchers to ensure nutritional needs are being met. This voucher is mailed out once a month and can be used only at approved stores, and is available for eligible citizens in our ten county service area: Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, Snohomish, King, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, and Pierce.
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