COVID-19 Impacts on Food Insecurity
In the past year, COVID-19 has proven to be a challenge in fighting food insecurity across the state. Addressing food insecurity not only improves long term healthcare but has a positive impact on the community. Feeding Florida emphasizes the increased demand on food supplies and the growing wage gaps as more Floridians struggle to feed their families in times of crisis. Unfortunately, food insecurity trends indicate an increase over the next five years before returning to pre-pandemic numbers. It is estimated that 3.5 million Floridians will be food insecure over the next five years.
At the 2020 Legislative Conference, FAC adopted food insecurity as one of its guiding principles. FAC supports increased state funding and policies that reduce food insecurity among Floridians. In order to increase the health and access to healthy foods, consequently, reduce the demand for public health and human services, improve financial security to those in need, and accelerate and increase the resiliency of Florida’s economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.