According to the American Community Survey (2019), 15% of the population experience poverty. In 2016, Sixty percent of adults experienced overweight or obesity (Florida Department of Health 2016); only 16% eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables (Florida Department of Health 2013); and only 45% meet aerobic recommendations (Florida Department of Health 2016).
According to an email from the Escambia County Coordinator of Food Services Operations to the EFNEP in Escambia County Supervisor, the Escambia County School District Report of Student Enrollment and the Community Eligibility Provision from 2017 shows that out of the 41,775 students in the Escambia County Public School System, 58% receive free or reduced lunch.
According to the American Community Survey (ACS) (2018), nearly 1.4 million people live in Hillsborough County. Roughly 15% of the population experience poverty (ACS 2018).
According to Feeding Tampa Bay (2020), there are over 200,000 food insecure children in the Greater Tampa Area, about 16% of the population. The majority of youth aged 5-18 are enrolled in the Hillsborough County School District, which is the 8th largest school district in the United States (National Center for Education Statistics 2015). Of those schools, 160 sites are designated Title 1 schools (Hillsborough County School District 2019).
According to the American Community Survey (2018), 2.76 million people live in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County is a “minority‐majority” population, meaning that a minority group comprises the majority of the population, as 69% of the population identified as White Hispanic, 16% identified as Black or African American, and 13% White non-Hispanic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2013) 67% of the Miami-Dade County population experience overweight or obesity. Only 22% of adults in the county meet the federal government's guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption (CDC 2013). Nearly 20% of people in Miami-Dade County experience poverty, which is higher than the states poverty rate (16%) (Florida Department of Health 2019).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2019), 12% of the 1,496,770 residents in Palm Beach County experience poverty.
According to Palm Beach County History Online (2019), Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in Palm Beach County as the population increased from 28,505 individuals in 1980 to over 250,823 individuals in 2010.
According to the American Community Survey (ACS) (2018), approximately 79,910 residents (5.7%) are Haitian speakers. The ACS Public Use Microdata Sample identified Haitian-Americans as the second largest foreign-born population in Palm Beach County with 339,246 people in the county originating from Haiti.
According to the Palm Beach County Department of Health (2019) 51% of Palm Beach County adults experience overweight or obesity.