It is a common misconception that those without constant access to food are homeless or jobless, but the reality is that these individuals account for less than 5% of those we serve. Our food insecure neighbors are seniors on a fixed income, veterans fighting to regain their standing in society, and hardworking families trying to make ends meet. Even for those earning a decent wage, one small set back could lead to financial struggles. For example, take an average family of 4.
As the cost of living increases, some struggle to keep up. These struggles are especially prominent in the summer months when school is out and budgets are stretched thin – AC bills run high, child care expenses increase, and food budgets are divided even further since children are no longer receiving free meals at school. 1 in 4 children in Tampa Bay struggle with hunger daily and 700,000 individuals in our area do not know where they will find their next meal.
Luckily, the Food for Families food drive with ABC Action News and Seacoast Bank will begin next week in hopes of alleviating these pressures for families in need this summer. Be a part of the solution and join the fight against hunger – because no one should go hungry.