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Florida aims to better help hungry families with new meal deficiency data

Posted at 6:55 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:55:19-04

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.