Food Insecurity in Leon County

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation for a household or can last a long time. Food insecurity is one way we can measure how many people cannot afford food.

More than 38 million people, including 12 million children experience food insecurity in the United States.

The Causes

In Leon County, the cultural and social history of the region is rooted in a “plantation mentality” in which one’s social position is considered predetermined and the inclination and opportunity to advance one’s status is considered inappropriate. This generalized mindset is the basis for an attitudinal structure in which

  • personal wealth is an indication of personal value
  • generational poverty is to be expected
  • lavish and deplorable living conditions may be located within close proximity of one another.
  • the segregation of the resident population relative to lifestyle, educational level, income, wealth accumulation, public ameneties and infrastructure is considered a normal way of life.

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The wealthy are entertained while their neighbors go hungry.

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