In 2018, 725 households in Tama County participated in Iowa's Food Assistance Program compared to 781 households in 2011.
That equates to a 7.1 percent decrease in household participation over seven years, according to a Tama Guide analysis of data from the Iowa Department of Human Services.
As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's larger Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, qualified Iowans receive financial assistance in the form of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that can be used to buy groceries.
Since 2011, $19,516,347 has been allocated for Tama County as part of the Iowa Food Assistance Program.
The following table shows the 12 Iowa counties that saw the biggest household participation growth in the Iowa Food Assistance Program from 2011 to 2018: