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Feeding Florida Lands Nutrition Education Contract

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Second Harvest of the Big Bend workers load food into a car in line for distribution

Inflation is hard for Florida’s food banks, which like anyone else have to pay more for food and gas. Some are teaching how to get the most out of the food they provide.

The food banks take pride in distributing fresh produce, which is better for people’s physical and mental health. But it costs more, and not everyone knows how to cook it.

Robin Safley is executive director of Feeding Florida, the network of 12 food banks that serve all of the state’s 67 counties.

The network has just entered into a contract with the state Department of Children and Families to do SNAP nutrition education.

“So it goes hand in hand with all of that really fresh product that we’re handing out to really understand how to cook it, how to store it, and how to put other things in it that are shelf-stable to make a really good meal,” Safley said.

The contract’s focus is on adults and seniors.

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Margie Menzel covers local and state government for WFSU News. She has also worked at the News Service of Florida and Gannett News Service. She earned her B.A. in history at Vanderbilt University and her M.S. in journalism at Florida A&M University.