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Why Is Feeding Florida Different?

Why Is Feeding Florida Different?

The Feeding Florida network is unlike any other hunger organization in the state. With 12 network member food banks and over 2,400 partner agencies, we are the only network that serves all 67 Florida counties year-round. Our unique partnerships, facilities, resources, and solutions help us combat food insecurity in a way that helps shorten the line and provide long-term health and wellness to our food bank families. 

 

Meal Deficit Metric 

Feeding Florida enlisted Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group to conduct research that pinpoints hunger at a hyperlocal level. Pre-existing research only allowed us to look at hunger stats based on zip code, leading to missing meals. Now, Feeding Florida can help target hunger needs more effectively by breaking up counties and zip codes into smaller block groups, and identifying the specific needs of residents there. This allows our network to better understand the needs of hungry Floridians across all 67 counties.

 

Healthcare Partners 

Food is pivotal to nutrition and health, which is why we partner with several organizations that connect our food bank recipients with healthcare access and resources they might not have otherwise. Thanks to our healthcare partners, we are able to fund our FoodRx programs and Mobile Farmacy, bringing health and wellness to the communities we serve. 

 

Workforce Development 

We believe that hunger is a symptom of an under resourced household, which is why our food banks offer workforce training opportunities. Access to food is essential for wellbeing, but the financial security that comes with employment helps keep our food banks families on their feet long-term. Our food banks’ workforce development programs, like culinary training kitchens and truck driving certification programs, offer Floridians job security and a chance to learn a new skill. 

 

Fresh Access Bucks 

Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) is a USDA-funded statewide nutrition incentive program that increases the purchasing power of SNAP recipients to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, produce stands, CSAs, mobile markets, and community grocery outlets.  FAB’s approach to addressing food access, affordability, and nutrition education aims to work with the entire food system: from producer to consumer to build healthy, resilient communities supported by robust local food systems. By offering our Feeding Florida families Fresh Access Bucks, we are increasing their food access while also encouraging them with to make healthy choices for their families, thus instilling confidence. 

 

Farmers Feeding Florida 

33% of all food we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables. This is partially thanks to our partnerships with local farmers and growers who are part of our Farmers Feeding Florida program. This produce recovery initiative works in partnership with farmers and packers throughout the state to rescue and distribute wholesome and cosmetically blemished produce that can help to ease this burden. The initiative offsets out-of-pocket costs for packing materials to enable them to scale up donations to multiple truckload quantities.  

 

Innovative Solutions 

Our mission is to feed hungry Floridians across all 67 counties, which means our network must have the bandwidth and tools necessary to reach everyone, not just those who visit our food banks. Thanks to our innovative solutions like mobile pantries, corner markets, and meal delivery programs, we can put food on the tables of individuals everywhere, even those who lack access to transportation. 

Most Recent News:

Press Release: Feeding Florida Network Prepares Hunger Relief Efforts as Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall

Feeding Florida's food banks are poised and ready to provide statewide relief to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian- planning emergency relief, staging MREs and water in partnership with the State of Florida, and preparing to mobilize to affected communities.

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Press Release: Feeding Florida to Increase Food Access in Underserved and Vulnerable Communities Across the Sunshine State with Simply Healthcare Plans $300,000 Investment

Feeding the Gulf Coast, a member of the Feeding Florida network, in partnership with Simply Healthcare Plans (Simply), hosted a mobile food distribution to provide nutritious and shelf-stable food items for 200 Pensacola families living in high-poverty zip codes. This is one in a series of events across the state to combat hunger relief leveraging Simply’s $300,000 investment over two years.

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How to Take Action Against Hunger

This Hunger Action Month we want to encourage you to get proactive in the fight against hunger in Florida. With 2.2 million individuals experiencing hunger across the state, there is no shortage of need for support and hunger relief. The Feeding Florida network of food banks offers you plenty of opportunities to help in your local community. With support from volunteers and generous donors, our network is able to further our reach into Florida’s 67 counties and provide relief to those who need us the most.

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