Even before the COVID-19 crisis forced us inside of our homes and put millions of Americans out of work, food insecurity was a problem many families faced every day in our country. Food insecurity is defined as a lack of access to enough safe and nutritious food for a healthy and productive life.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of food-insecure Americans has significantly increased.

Locally, the Big Bend region has been hit hard with 30% of its population seeking food assistance, a total of 150,000 people who are struggling to find their next meal. The Big Bend is also home to five of the top 10 counties in Florida with the highest rates of food insecurity. Madison (18.5%), Dixie (18.1%), Gadsden (18.0%), Jackson (16.6%), Taylor (16.4%) and Franklin (16.3%) counties rank among the highest in food insecurity within the state.

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