[n six area counties — Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard and Volusia — from 25 percent to 31 percent of kids are what the government calls "food insecure." That means more than 190,000 children live in families that sometimes go hungry, don't know where their next meal is coming from or have to rely on cheap, nutritionally sparse food to fill their stomachs — something that, ironically, can lead to childhood obesity.
"It can cost a lot of money to eat healthy," said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. "Put yourself in the place of a single mom, working full time at a minimum-wage job, and you get to the third or fourth week of the month and maybe you have 20 or 30 bucks left. Are you going to buy fresh strawberries at $4.99 a basket or three boxes of mac and cheese mix? You want to keep your children's bellies from rumbling."]