More Than Half of Florida’s Children Qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch

By: Melissa Roberts

As the new school year begins, more than 50 percent of Florida families with school-aged children will qualify for free and reduced school lunch. Adequate food and nutrition play a vital role in children’s future mental and physical health, academic achievement and economic productivity. With 5.7 million children expected to live in Florida by 2030, it is essential we identify solutions to this problem before it affects our future workforce and economy. To find out if your community is at high risk for lack of access to nutritional foods, visit the Department of Agriculture’s Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy portal.

Get Involved:

Florida Association of Food Banks has partnered with Feeding America to provide programs for children in need, including backpack programs, Kids Cafes and mobile pantries. Click here to learn more.

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