Who Goes Hungry in the Big Bend?
Many people are surprised to learn that Second Harvest’s 11-county service area in the Big Bend has the highest level of food insecurity in Florida, at 18.9%, or 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 children. Almost 100,000 of our neighbors, including families, children and seniors, experience hunger on a regular basis.
- $4.4 Billion – the statewide cost of food insecurity in Florida**
- $1.5 Billion – money hungry Floridians need to meet their basic food needs*
- 104,610 individuals in the Big Bend are food-insecure*
- 66% of our neighbors have had to choose between buying medicine or food
- Rural Hunger – 87% of food-insecure counties in the South are rural*
- 10.6 Million Meals – the equivalent number of meals distributed by Second Harvest of the Big Bend during FY 2018/2019, to 135 partner agencies, food pantries, and other partner programs
- 1.2 pounds of food = 1 meal (industry standard)
- 20% of the food we distributed in FY 2018/2019 was fresh produce
- 100,000 miles – Number of miles our fleet of trucks travels each year picking up and delivering food