TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Researchers are calling it revolutionary data that will help them better serve people who sometimes go without a meal in Florida.
Feeding Florida, a statewide network of food banks, released a new study which quantifies hunger in missing meals at an extremely localized level using the Meal Deficit Metric.
This evidence-based approach measures meals missed by families unable to afford them after exhausting all possible ways a family could to access food.
"What I'm most excited about is that it really pinpoints hunger at a very localized level," said Robin Safley, the executive director of Feeding Florida. "Historically, all we've had is hunger data, if you will, at a very aggregated national level with data, and at a county level."
Data from Feeding Florida shows there are more than 880 million missed meals each year throughout Florida.
That's equivalent to each Floridian missing 41 meals per year.