Why We Do It
The number of residents per square mile has increased by 41% in just 17 years.
46% of adults in make up the local labor force compared to the state avg. of 62%.
34.6% of local residents work outside of the county compared to the FL average of 17.5%; double the state average.
15.4% of people live below the Federal Poverty Line.
Per capita admissions to prison is 31.8% higher than the state average.
On average 27.9% of state residents earn a bachelors degree, which is almost double the Hernando County rate of 16.4%.
The average cost per meal in Hernando County is $3.21 which is 7% more expensive than the national average of $3.00 according to the 2016 study completed by the organization Feeding America.
The average annual wage in Hernando County is $35,750, which is 23.9% lower than the FL statewide average.
Hernando County ranks 6th in the state of Florida (per capita) for bankruptcy filings.
Just A Little Help Makes All The Difference
People Helping People programs and partnerships help people access food, benefits, programs, and resources to provide pathways out of poverty and hardships in Hernando County. Benefits include:
greater nutritional value and quantity of available food
less panhandling and begging on the streets
reduced jail time as some individuals resort to crime to provide food for their families
reduced emergency room visits and hospitalization due to poor nutrition
better grades, improved reading skills, increased attendance, and better behavior in school by needy students receiving weekend food