Nov 15, 2023 - News

Food insecurity affects more than 1 million in South Florida

Data: USDA; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: USDA; Chart: Axios Visuals

Food insecurity means that, at times during the year, a given household couldn't get enough food for one or more of its members because they didn't have enough money or resources.

What's happening: About 11.4% of Florida households were food insecure between 2020–2022, Axios' Emily Peck and Kavya Beheraj report.

Why it matters: In Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, more than 1.2 million people are experiencing food insecurity this Thanksgiving, according to nonprofit Feeding South Florida.

Zoom in: Through its "Share Food. Share Joy" initiative, the nonprofit is aiming to provide 7,000 families with turkeys and sides.

  • It's inviting people to chip in to the effort by Nov. 17. A $30 donation covers the cost of a turkey; $50 for a turkey with sides; and $100 can provide four turkeys to feed four families.
  • The group also invites volunteers to host food drives, sort donated food at one of its facilities, or cook and pack meals at its community kitchen.

What they're saying: Those with "very low" food security eat less food or skip meals. In a house with children, the adults might go without so that the kids can eat.

  • When times are tight, it can often be "easiest" to cut back on food, says Lisa Davis, a senior vice president at anti-poverty nonprofit Share Our Strength.
  • "If you don't pay the rent or your mortgage, you don't have a place to live. If you don't put gas in the car, you can't get to work," Davis tells Axios.
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