Increasing numbers of individuals in our community have been seeking local food pantry assistance. Previous studies of food pantries found that users show low rates of governmental aid receipt, especially in rural areas. We assessed evidence that suggests that post-recession need has mitigated rural reluctance to pursue government assistance. The inadequacy of government and local food assistance to address the problem of food insecurity in our community is discussed.
Nooney, Lori L.; Giomo-James, Elisabetta; Kindle, Peter A.; Norris, Debra S.; Myers, Ryan R.; Tucker, Alyssa; and Stanley, Robert Jon
"Rural Food Pantry Users’ Stigma and Safety Net Food Programs,"
Contemporary Rural Social Work Journal: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/crsw/vol5/iss1/7