Saturday, September 03, 2011

Yes, there are hungry people in Orlando

One in three Orlando* households with children did not have enough money to buy needed food at times in the last 12 months.

The Orlando metro area's 33.9% rate of food hardship in households with children is the second-highest in the nation. Only Winston-Salem had a higher rate.

Five of the metro areas with the highest rates of food hardship were in Florida, the most of any state. The others in the top 25 are: Lakeland-Winter Haven, 33.0% in third place; Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, 29.4%; Cape Coral-Fort Myers, 27.7%; and Jacksonville, 27.6%.

Read the report, "Food Hardship in America 2010," by the Food Research and Action Center here.
* The numbers are for the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. MSAs are Census Bureau-defined areas that include central cities plus the surrounding counties with strong economic and social ties to the central cities.


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