Feeding America Tampa Bay is the local affiliate of the nation's largest food bank network, Feeding America. Today the national group released what they are calling the most comprehensive examination of hunger in the U.S. It includes sobering statistics about what is happening on the local front in terms of the issue of hunger.
Here are just some statistics reflecting what's happening in the Tampa Bay area:
1 in 6 Tampa Bay residents seeks food assistance through FATB. The food bank serves more than 841,000 people and 282,000 households annually.
24 percent of FATB clients, or 200,000, are children.
19 percent of FATB clients, or 160,000, are senior citizens.
75 percent of FATB clients, or 631,000, choose between paying for food and utilities.
59 percent of FATB clients, or 496,000, eat expired food.
94 percent of FATB clients live in non-temporary housing — 23 percent have their own mortgage or own their home outright, and 71 percent lease or rent their home.