Hunger in North Central Florida
Two food banks are working hard to feed those hungry in our area by hosting mobile food sites. Second Harvest and Bread of the Mighty distributed food to nearly 250 people at Citizen's Field in Gainesville today. Organizers say the food helps feed children, elderly, and people struggling to pay bills. The food banks also visited High Springs and say they're seeing more and more people.
"A year ago they may have had a great job in construction, or a great job in retail, or a great job in any of the industries that have really been hit hard by this economy," said Tom Strother with Second Harvest "So they've hit rock bottom. Their income has dried up or they don't have a way to provide for their families. They're here because they need help."
In the past 3 years, Second Harvest says they have gone from giving out 7.5 million pounds to an estimated 15 million pounds. If you are interested in helping Bread of the Mighty, they say everything from monetary to food donations are greatly needed.
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