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Spike in food prices highlights food insecurity in Polk County – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-11-25 07:50:50 –

Lakeland, Florida — Soaring food costs have hit the communities facing food insecurity the hardest.

Every week, Bobby Jo Joyner drives Blessing and Hope Food Pantry Lakeland’s distribution lines receive groceries to feed the whole family. She said the soaring prices in supermarkets made it difficult to put food on the table.

“You can’t leave the store with just a few items, and it’s already $ 50. That’s a pain for everyone right now,” Joiner said.

The groceries received by Joiner are used to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. “This is great because we don’t have to worry about having anything to eat at Thanksgiving,” Joiner said.

According to Feeding America, nearly 14% of people in Pork County experience food insecurity.

“Pork County is the second largest county of food insecurity in the United States,” said Rev. Allan Fretto, President of Blessings and Hope Food Pantry.

Fretto has seen the number of families offered by Blessings and Hope Food Pantry increase from 500 at the start of the pandemic to nearly 700 now. He said they had gone beyond the food storage building and are now looking for help in building a warehouse.

“I’m moving pallets and pallets. I have tens of thousands of pounds of food every day to make room here. If there’s a construction company that can help with the ingredients,” he said.

Meanwhile, they continue to help people who don’t know where their next meal comes from.



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