Polk County is consistently ranked as having among the highest rates of suburban poverty in the country. And one recent study put it second in the nation for the number of people struggling to avoid hunger. The beautiful lakes and historic downtowns form a stark contrast to the sobering statistics.
Florida Matters recently hosted a town hall discussion on these issues in Lakeland, at Florida Southern College’s Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.
This week on Florida Matters we’ll take another listen to excerpts from that event.
In this preview, Florida Matters host and Polk native Robin Sussingham speaks with Steve Turbeville, President and CEO of Lighthouse Ministries, and Patty Strickland, Executive Director of KidsPACK, about what might be causing the food insecurity problem.