food insecurity

Hundreds of people arrive for a mobile food distribution site.
Margie Menzel / WFSU News

The number of Floridians living in poverty has fallen since the Great Recession. But it’s still higher than the national average. According to federal data 14 percent of Floridians had incomes below the poverty line. The figure is closer to 12.3 percent nationally. WFSU is taking a look what it means to live below the state poverty line, or in some cases, right on the edge of it.

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Floridians in need can now use a mobile app to locate food banks and support services across the state.

Saturday (6/17) was the annual Family Fun Day at Walker Ford Community Center, in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Tallahassee. Not only were there the obligatory bounce house and face-painting, but a mobile food pantry was there as well.

Tom Flanigan

Summertime can be a hungry time, especially for low-income families. Now some powerful Tallahassee women have helped launch an new program to bring wholesome meals to families in the city’s Southside Promise Zone.

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Many Tallahassee residents don’t live in walking distance of a grocery store or garden, especially in the city’s Southside. But the closing of the Winn Dixie on Paul Russell Road could be an opportunity for urban farmers.

Tom Flanigan

Some of Tallahassee’s young professionals were helping deliver Meals on Wheels today (Friday). Meanwhile, Elder Care Services of the Big Bend, which runs the delivery service for the area’s senior shut-ins, is also looking for some financial help in the face of possible federal cutbacks.

Tallahassee Democrat

At least 157,000 kids in Florida could lose food stamps under legislation moving in a Florida House committee Thursday.

Legislation by Frank White, R-Pensacola, sends Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility requirements back to pre-recession levels.

Thousands of Summer Meals on the Way to Hungry Kids

Jun 6, 2016
Tom Flanigan

Hundreds of people packed thousands of meals at Godby High School on Saturday (6/4). It was the fourth year for the "Full Summer" effort to feed hungry kids and their families over the summer months.

Tallahassee Democrat

A nearly endless parade of people stopped by the Tallahassee Democrat Thursday (6/2) to help out with the paper’s community food drive. Gloria Pugh’s AMWAT company was providing transportation for the collected comestibles. She especially remembered two young contributors to the cause.