Hunger in Florida

The state of Florida is offering a GIS map that allows people to look up where there are “food deserts” – places where there are few, or no mainstream grocery stores.

From a story I wrote today:

According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, there are 3.1 million “food insecure” people in Florida. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”

A Harvard School of Public Health study released earlier this week showed that Americans’ eating habits have improved – except among the poor. Researchers said it was evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet.