Hunger can — and does — exist in the midst of plenty. Nationally, more than 49 million Americans have trouble regularly putting nutritious food on the table. Despite its wealth, almost 200,000 residents in Palm Beach County struggle with hunger. People can’t always feed themselves and their families because they have too little money, too little access both to federal nutrition programs and to sources of affordable healthy food, and too little information about how their challenges can be overcome.
The result is a preventable human tragedy for families and communities. Recognizing the unacceptable consequences of local hunger, United Way of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, backed by a group of 183 organizations, convened the Hunger Relief Project and identified the need to create a comprehensive plan to reduce local hunger. The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the University of South Carolina (USC) Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities were commissioned to create this Hunger Relief Plan.
Read the Palm Beach County Hunger Relief Plan which outlines ten goals including objectives and strategies for fighting hunger in our community.