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Food Insecurity Growing In Leon County

Man in a blue worker's uniform pulls at boxes of food.
Regan McCarthy

More than 3,000 meals will be served through donations made during Tallahassee’s Stuff the Bus campaign. The food drive is part of a collaboration between the Star Metro bus service and Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

Wednesday, the partners met to unstuff the more than 4-thousand pounds of food packed into one city bus.   Workers sorted the goods at the Second Harvest warehouse. From there, Second Harvest Executive Director Rich English says the food will go to local people in need.

“For the numbers that we’re seeing, the increases of food insecure people here in Leon County alone, the last four years we’ve added 9,300, plus people to those numbers,” English says.

English says Second Harvest serves 11 counties in North Florida, but is seeing the steepest increases in food need in Leon County.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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