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Poverty rate declines, but that’s not the whole story

Households financially struggling in Whatcom, Skagit counties jumped in 2021

The Bellingham food bank sign hangs over a green door with papers taped to it.
Poverty rates in Whatcom and Skagit counties declined over a five-year time frame, but that doesn't capture the full picture of need in the community, says Mike Cohen, the executive director of Bellingham Food Bank. Cohen said the food bank serves 5,000 families per week. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Isaac Stone Simonelli Enterprise/Investigations Reporter
In lock-step with national trends, Whatcom and Skagit counties’ poverty rates declined during

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