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Numbers shifting at SHEM

 

March 21, 2018

SHEM STAFFERS, from left, Julie Dedman, Roger Campbell and Cindy Rice, prepare food boxes for needy families.

The number of food boxes distributed by Sweet Home Emergency Ministries has decreased by about a third in the past three years, but the arrangements of the families assisted by the nonprofit organization seem to be shifting.

"Our number of food boxes is down," said Cindy Rice, food pantry manager. "Some of that is because of combined families."

One household has 21 individuals, including eight adults and 13 children, Rice said. That family receives a larger box than average based on the size of the family. SHEM provides one box of food per month to each of its clients. Each box contains en...



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