The coronavirus pandemic brought a wave of hunger across Central Florida, as people lost their jobs and turned to Second Harvest Food Bank and its network of food pantries and meal programs to help put food on the table. Second Harvest Food Bank distributed an average of 300,000 meals a day in 2020, to the tune of 60 million meals since mid-March when the pandemic reached Central Florida.
The second wave of COVID-19 relief funding helps provide necessary financial support for programs like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) which provides surplus food to families in need and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps, among others. I recently had the chance to speak with Spectrum News 13 about what the need looks like for food assistance in Central Florida and why federal funding, more than ever, is important.
Watch the video below.