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Working to End Senior Hunger

Working to End Senior Hunger

Currently, 6.7% of Florida’s senior population are food insecure, which is why seven of our Feeding Florida food banks offer senior feeding programs. Harry Chapin Food Bank established the Care & Share Senior Feeding Program, an application-only program that aims to supplement the diets of a caseload of low-incomes seniors with food that meets their nutritional needs in Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties. 

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Governor DeSantis Signs Proclamation Declaring September Hunger Action Month

Governor DeSantis Signs Proclamation Declaring September Hunger Action Month

We are proud to announce that Governor DeSantis has signed our proclamation declaring September as Hunger Action Month in Florida, showing appreciation to Florida’s farmers who help us provide for children, seniors, and hardworking families. We are grateful to the Governor for recognizing this critically important cause. Our 12 Feeding Florida food banks, all members of Feeding America, remain committed to our unified mission to end hunger in Florida.

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The Unexpected Faces of Hunger

The Unexpected Faces of Hunger

Florida has 3.1 million hungry individuals and each one has a unique background story. Oftentimes, we do not picture an average middle-class family or an elderly individual as prime examples of hunger, but food insecurity is felt by people of all ages and several socioeconomic standing. Hunger wears many faces. At Feeding Florida, we are focused on providing nutritious produce and food to every individual experiencing hunger, regardless of their circumstances. Here are a few stories of the unexpected faces of hunger in Florida. 

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How Will You Choose to Help End Hunger?

How Will You Choose to Help End Hunger?

September is Hunger Action Month, so we bring to attention the ways you can help fight hunger. For nearly 3.1 million Floridians, a daily meal isn’t a choice between cuisines. It’s a choice between crucial needs like medicine, electricity, or childcare. We at Feeding Florida believe hunger has a tangible solution, but it takes selfless people to help make a difference. How will you choose to help us in the fight to end hunger? Three steps to take right now: Learn, Commit and Speak Up. 

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Press Release: Feeding Florida and Division of Emergency Management Provide Hurricane Ida Relief

Press Release: Feeding Florida and Division of Emergency Management Provide Hurricane Ida Relief

Feeding Florida joined forces with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to provide water and food for those affected by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama. Thirteen loads of state-owned water (522,000 half-liter bottles of water) were delivered by Feeding Florida teams to neighboring states in need, in addition to over 17,000 state-owned emergency Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s).

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Press Release: Feeding Florida awarded $4.9 million to continue SNAP fruit and vegetable purchasing program

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced a $4.9 million award to Feeding Florida, continuing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) nutrition incentive program, Fresh Access Bucks (FAB). The award from the GusNIP COVID Relief and Response grants program (GusCRR) will extend by four more years the Fresh Access Bucks program’s work to help low-income communities improve the affordability and consumption of fruits and vegetables by vulnerable participants in communities in need.

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Back to school resources to combat child hunger

Back to school resources to combat child hunger

With 21 percent of Florida children currently experiencing food insecurity, returning to school can be a daunting task. Kids who don’t get enough food to eat are more likely to repeat a grade, experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills, and have more social and behavioral problems. This why several of our Feeding Florida network food banks offer resources, like in-school pantries and afterschool meal programs to ensure students are getting the nutrients they need. 

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Ensuring No Kid Goes Hungry This Summer

Ensuring No Kid Goes Hungry This Summer

Our Feeding Florida food banks are dedicated to providing access to healthy and nutritious food for the 906,470 children in Florida who experience food insecurity. When school lets out for summer break, many children are left without a consistent source of food, adding to the other struggles they face like development and health. Studies show kids who don’t get enough food to eat are more likely to repeat a grade, experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills, and have more social and behavioral problems. Learn how our food banks are making a difference and how to access summer food.

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Press Release: Feeding Florida Releases Updated Missing Meal Data

Press Release: Feeding Florida Releases Updated Missing Meal Data

Feeding Florida released an updated analysis of weekly and yearly missing meals across the state, showing a 17 percent increase since March of 2020. The statewide food bank network commissioned Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group (MG) to update her estimate of how many individuals are currently missing meals each week, largely due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This latest release in 2021 highlights the long-lasting effect on Florida’s food insecure population, a year after the pandemic hit.

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Florida Blue Partners with Feeding Florida to Provide Life-Saving Aid During Times of Hardship

Florida Blue Partners with Feeding Florida to Provide Life-Saving Aid During Times of Hardship

Florida Blue has been a longtime, supportive partner of Feeding Florida, helping to provide aid to Floridians across the state through multiple key programs and initiatives. The support of Florida Blue was crucial when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and left millions without access to nutritious food and produce. Florida Blue was able to feed 739,000 people and provide 14.5 million meals to those needing COVID relief They also works individually with several Feeding Florida food banks on programs that educate and address special areas of nutrition and how it all impacts health.

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