food deserts

Margie Menzel

There were 300 volunteers for A Full Summer – so many they filled the Godby High School cafeteria on Saturday. Churches and law firms competed to pack the most meals.

Tom Flanigan

Second Harvest of the Big Bend distributed about 20 tons of food at Tallahassee's Godby High School on Saturday (May 19.)

Davondra Alston

April was National Minority Health Month and with diabetes and other health related issues increasing in communities around the state, researchers want to address health disparities. The Florida Department of Health focused its efforts on food deserts and pushed for healthy eating and education. Researchers are pointing to those same food deserts as a contributor to health issues disproportionally affecting minorities, and advocates say education and access to healthier foods would help these communities get back to basics. 

Tom Flanigan

Fifty American cities, including Tallahassee, are now competing in the "Healthiest Cities Challenge". Part of the community's winning strategy is to literally grow the number of neighborhood and backyard gardens.

Carl Clifford via Flickr

WFSU news is taking a look at hunger in the Big Bend this week. In the final installment of our series we’ll take a look at the impact food deserts have on a person’s ability access fresh fruits and vegetables and the potential impact of new legislation lawmakers hope will help.

Carl Clifford via Flickr

Florida lawmakers are again working on plans to bring fresh foods to neighborhoods where healthy fare is hard to come by.  One of those proposals will get its first hearing in the state senate Monday.

Carl Clifford via Flickr

Clearing up food deserts has been a perennial issue for some in the Florida Democratic caucus.  Now two GOP lawmakers are throwing their weight behind the problem. 

Matthew Seeger

Awesome Tallahassee, a contest allowing innovators to pitch ideas to improve the capitol community, has crowned this month’s winner.

Florida Department of Agriculture

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has announced the launch of a new online mapping tool to help officials and non-profit groups better assess food needs statewide.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, one in six Floridians is considered food insecure. That includes one out of four kids. Calling it a “solvable issue,” Putnam says it’s not because Florida’s food supply is lacking.