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Climbing costs leave Jacksonville families struggling for food

Claire Heddles
Volunteers stock bags for families at Mandarin Food Bank.

Jacksonville mom Krista Jones is buying beans instead of meat for protein. It’s one of the creative steps she’s had to take to deal with rising food costs and the end of pandemic aid programs.

“It has literally meant for me as a single mom on a single income to reevaluate how we eat, what we eat,” Jones said.

Across Northeast Florida, thousands of working parents like Jones are struggling to buy groceries, left behind in a rebounding economy.

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