Manatee commissioners hear updates on efforts to help struggling families

Manatee commissioners hear updates on efforts to help struggling families

Thursday, May 19, 2016

"It seems to be a very bleak picture." That's how one Manatee County Commissioner summed up the challenges faced by struggling households, adding that the problem is not just local but national, according to this May 17 story in the Herald-Tribune.

Commissioners heard updates on a number of public and private efforts to help individuals and families with limited income, particularly related to affordable housing and healthy food, wrote reporter Dale White. White's story noted that about 13 percent of the county's residents live below the federal poverty line, but even many people with incomes above that level are still struggling to meet basic needs.

(Go here to explore historical data on income and other financial indicators for Manatee and surrounding counties.)

One effort highlighted in the story uses several tactics to get fresh, healthy food to "food deserts" in the county. You can read about a successful partnership between Gulf Coast Communtiy Foundation, All Faiths Food Bank, and others to do the same in Sarasota County here