Did You Know 1 in 6 Floridians Don’t Know Where Their Next Meal Will Come From?
By: Melissa Roberts
It’s that time of year again, when we gather together with friends and family and give thanks for the bountiful feasts on our Thanksgiving tables. However, not all Floridians are so lucky. More than 3.3 million Floridians don’t know where their next meal will come from or have to choose between spending money on food or paying their bills. The economic impact of hunger is estimated to cost Florida taxpayers $11.72 billion annually.
The Florida Chamber Foundation has been actively engaged in finding solutions to the crisis of food insecurity. In September, we partnered with Mosaic Co. on the Third Annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum, which focused on local communities growing the food residents need, strengthening global food security and protecting agricultural resources. With the global population expected to increase to 8.3 billion by 2030, 50 percent more food will be needed worldwide. Does your community have the resources to address hunger?
To learn more about the role of Florida’s agricultural resources in decreasing hunger, please mark your calendar to join us at the Palm Beach International Agricultural Summit on May 4, 2016.