Demand for assistance surges, but call being answered

Hunter Darringer, 5, can’t wait until he gets to the table to take a bite of his pie at the Catholic Outreach soup kitchen. Hunter’s family was eating at the soup kitchen after moving back to Grand Junction from Louisiana and finding housing difficult to find and unaffordable.



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Hunter Darringer, 5, can’t wait until he gets to the table to take a bite of his pie at the Catholic Outreach soup kitchen. Hunter’s family was eating at the soup kitchen after moving back to Grand Junction from Louisiana and finding housing difficult to find and unaffordable.

The number of families in Mesa County seeking public food assistance has surged this year after several years of steady decline, according to public statistics and local nonprofits. A total…




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