With a mission of “Fighting Hunger in Central Florida” you would think Second Harvest would resort to more boxing analogies. Well, Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released its annual study measuring food security in the United States and it looks like we continue to have our work cut out for us.
Here are some key findings:
• In 2009, 50.2 million (16.6%) Americans lived in food insecure households.
• In 2009, 17.2 million (23.2%) children were living in food insecure households.
• In 2009, 2.2 million (7.5%) households with seniors were living in food insecure households.
• In 2009, 884,000 (7.8%) seniors living alone were living in food insecure households.
The full report can be viewed at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR108/ERR108.pdf
To bring this national story back to the local level, the Orlando Sentinel profiled Central Florida’s response to food insecurity and hunger.
Much like Little Mac in PunchOut, our opponent seems to be insurmountable, but the one thing we have in our corner is the community. Second Harvest continues to be able to fight hunger with our partner feeding agencies, volunteers, and donors.
As a team we’ll continue to keep fighting until hunger is down for the count.
Director of Agency Relations & Programs