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Statistics show Leon County is ranked third in hungriest counties in Florida

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 18:18:26-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — Women in the Big Bend met Wednesday to meet with members of the Second Harvest of the Big Bend to continue their efforts ending hunger.

Statistics show that Leon County is ranked 3rd in the hungriest counties in the state of Florida. Above Leon County is Gadsden and Madison County.

In the school systems, some kids are said to be not having full meals between the time they leave school on Friday and return on Monday.

Monique Ellsworth, the new CEO for the Second Harvest of the Big Bend, told us how they are able to end this reoccurring issue.

"We wanted to make sure we could do something about that and of course the City of Tallahassee, these neighborhoods, people in our community rose up to the occasion to make sure we met that need," said Ellsworth. "So now we have a backpack packing program were we bag up food and we are able to discreetly put them in the backpacks of children, so that on Friday when they leave they're able to take food home."

Ellsworth also says that Second Harvest helps serve 55,000 meals every month and hopes to continue to fight hunger across the Big Bend.