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Sound Off: Can you tell me what the eligibility requirements are for the food pantry? Also wondering how many people are using it.

Jeremy Farmer, executive director of Douglas County’s program Just Food, said it serves about 8,000 people per month. It helps 5,000 at the main food pantry, 1000 E. 11th St., and an additional 3,000 through its partner agencies like Ballard Community Services. To access the Just Food pantry, you need to be a Douglas County resident and within 185 percent of the federal poverty level. That’s an annual income of $20,147 for a single person or $41,348 for a family of four. Clients will receive assistance once a month, but can access fresh bread and produce every day. For more information, visit