Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall

Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall
Join Us For A Special Florida Matters Town Hall

You can be a part of our audience for a special Florida Matters town hall featuring a panel discussion on food insecurity in Polk County.

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 U.S. 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 host and Polk native Robin Sussingham will lead a panel of local experts in a discussion on these issues.

Please join us for the taping on Monday April 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Florida Southern College’s Annie Pfeiffer Chapel in Lakeland.

The taping is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the VA lot located at Park Street and Johnson Avenue.  

Food donations are encouraged, but not required. Donations of canned, non-perishable foods, or gift cards to Publix and Walmart will be shared with local charities.

Our scheduled guests include:

  • Whitney Fung, former IFAS Family and Consumer Scienes Agent in Polk County. Whitney's currently pursuing her Ph.D in Public Health at USF in the Department of Community and Family Health
  • Steve Turbeville, President and CEO of Lighthouse Ministries
  • Patricia Strickland, Executive Director of the KidsPACK Polk Project
Original Broadcast Date: 

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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