Test your knowledge of a few common misperceptions about food banks.
At food banks, the majority of available food is expired or somehow unfit for sale.
True. The report says “A total of 11,199 individuals were experiencing homelessness in Seattle/King County January 25, 2018. Slightly less than half (47%) of the population was unsheltered, living on the street, or in parks, tents, vehicles, or other places not meant for human habitation.
You can’t use a food bank if you work.
Most food banks determine eligibility based on monthly gross income.
People who use food banks typically don’t have any choice in the kind of items they receive.
Some food banks do offer clients prepacked boxes of food, but many operate more like a grocery store, allowing people to choose items that best meet their needs.
Food banks usually offer a mix of both canned and fresh produce.
Many food banks offer a variety of fresh and canned produce.
Half of all people using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) are kids.
More than two-thirds of SNAP participants are in families with children.
When a family doesn't have enough food, stability in other areas of their life is impossible.
When families juggle priorities to meet food, housing, electricity, health care and other needs, stability is difficult to achieve.
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