Hunger/Food Insecurity

August is Child Nutrition Month, as named by The Academy of Nutrition and dietetics.  Learn more about the link between childhood food insecurity and being overweight.

 

On a typical day in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by the Houston Food Bank, 66,200 people are hungry and can't afford to buy food.  Of that number, 5,000 are children.

One in five households in the same area faces food insecurity.  They live with the threat of being hungry, or having inconsistent access to enough nutritious food. 

It's even worse for kids: one in four children is food insecure in southeast Texas.

In Texas, 6.5% of households experience hunger, or "very low food security."

If you're worried about keeping food on the table, it's likely you're worried about all your household expenses and distracted from achieving other goals that can make life better.

Southeast Texas food insecurity by county

How does Texas compare?  It's not good.

Texas has either the second or third highest rate of food insecurity in the country at 18.5%.  Arkansas and Mississippi are tied for first place with 19.2%.  That's the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. food insecurity and hunger (very low food security) by state 

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