Earlier this year, state education officials found they needed $62 million more to cover free and reduced lunches for low-income children. Meanwhile, more families have become eligible for food stamps and food banks say they need more donations to meet greater demand. We're looking at the impact of the recession on food this week as we continue our Florida Matters series on the economy.
Linda Champion talks about childhood obesity and how schools work to make sure children are eating healthy meals and getting physical activity. (0:50)
Champion explains efforts to get more locally produced food for schools and children. (0:43)
Carolyn Riggins says before she began working at the food bank, she -- like many people -- had no concept of people going hungry in America. (0:47)
Pat Rogers describes how the Second Harvest of Tampa Bay food bank manages the food it collects and gets it to people before it expires. (1:09)
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