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1 in 8 in Central Florida

1 in 8 people in our Central Florida community is facing hunger. Here are some of their stories.

Margaret and Maria

Margaret and Maria

“We lost everything,” Margaret explained. “Our mobile home flooded, the roof is gone and the only way to get into the neighborhood is by boat.” Read story

Meet Krista

Meet Krista

As single mom with five kids, Krista was already making tough financial choices before the pandemic hit. Read story

Meet Bobbi

Meet Bobbi

As a private nursing assistant, Bobbi is a friendly face when others need her the most. But today, she finds herself in need of a little help. Read story

Meet Crystal

Meet Crystal

Crystal says her family of six was comfortable before the pandemic hit. "There were times we had to rob Peter to pay Paul, but nothing like what we've had to do this year." Read story

Meet Merari

Meet Jimmy

"I was connected with an angel on the other end of the phone." Read story

Meet Melissa

Meet Melissa

"I have no idea what we would have done if we hadn't been able to connect with the pantry." Read story

Meet Merari

Meet Kandi

"When we left, we had all of the essentials that we had just taken for granted before. We are so grateful." Read story

Meet Merari

Meet Merari

"When I was working, I had pride in myself. I've learned to be humble and ask for help. It's hard to do that, but I'm grateful." Read story

Meet Arlene

Meet Arlene

"I was embarrassed and ashamed. So much time passed and I dug myself into a bigger and bigger hole." Read story

Meet Carlos

Meet Carlos

"I've never asked for help before. I didn't know where to start," Carlos explained. His main concern was for his two school-aged daughters who rely on breakfast and lunch at their elementary school." Read story

Meet Tikaya

Meet Naseeka

"When I think of food insecurity on college campuses, it's heartbreaking," explains Naseeka Dixon, manager at the Knights Helping Knights Pantry at UCF. "Food is something everyone needs." Read story

Meet Rachel

Meet Shelby

"I don't want people to think I don't care or can't care for my kids," Shelby explains. "Sometimes, all my good intentions just aren't enough." Read story

Meet Tikaya

Meet Tikaya

If you'd met Tikaya two years ago, you would say she was on the right track. She graduated from Jones High School, earned an associate's degree and completed cosmetology training. Read story

Meet Rachel

Meet Rachel

Ten years ago, Rachel was a typical teenager. When the Great Recession hit, both of her parents were laid off from their jobs and suddenly their little income and savings were gone. Read story

Meet Heather

Meet Heather

Like many families who live paycheck to paycheck, Heather and her husband try to keep their budget simple. She tries to instill the values of appreciation and gratitude in their six children for the things they do have. Read story


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