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Food security for all requires a year-round commitment

When the pandemic began in 2020, the US Department of Agriculture extended free meals to school-age children all year long, including the summer months. The program will no longer be available at the end of this school year and many food insecure families are now facing a summer without school food assistance programs.

The situation is made even more dire as inflation and the cost-of-living soars, leaving millions of individuals and families in critical need of year-round nutritional assistance.

Food insecurity is not only detrimental to individual health, development and well-being, but is crippling the progress of communities across our state and society. More than 3.1 million Floridians struggle to afford nutritious food, and about one in five children or more than 900,000 in the state lack proper nutrition, according to a study by the Feeding America network.

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