The Working Poor
Half of all households served by the Houston Food Bank have at least one working adult. They're trying to make ends meet, but can't earn enough to keep food on the table.
Someone working full-time, year-round at the current minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) earns approximately $15,000 before taxes. That's below the poverty level for an individual with two dependents. Earning $10 an hour brings in $20,800 - still under poverty for a family of four.
Another challenge for people working in poverty is access to emergency food assistance. Few food pantries are open evenings or weekends to accommodate typical job shifts.
That's why the Houston Food Bank has an Emergency Food Pantry, operated in partnership with the Emergency Aid Coalition, focused on serving working individuals and families.