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Your Voice, Your Future Roundtable: "Seasonal Hunger"

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Thursday, June 8, 2017

It is hard to imagine that hunger is such a pressing issue in one of the nation's wealthiest and most agriculturally rich counties. But, Palm Beach County has upwards of 200,000 residents, 64,000 of whom are children, who don't have enough to eat daily. The Treasure Coast has an additional 100,000 people who face hunger every day.

And it is worse in the summertime when school is out and children do not get their daily hot breakfast and/or lunch from school. Plus, many of seasonal "snow birds" travel north for the summer leaving the hospitality industry with less to serve. And, the hot weather means less crop production in the summer months leaving farm workers out of work and with few options.

Panelists include:

  • Mayor Jeri Muoio, City of West Palm Beach
  • Vice Mayor and County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, Palm Beach County District 6
  • Dr. Laurie George, President and CEO United Way
  • Allison Monbleau, Director of School Food Service for Palm Beach County Schools
  • Karen Erren, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Food Bank
  • Ruth Mageria, Executive Director of CROS Ministries

Moderator: CBS12 News Anchor Liz Quirantes

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