One Out of Four Texas Children Goes Hungry At Some Point During the Year
Twenty-four percent of all children in the state of Texas are "at risk of hunger," says a report released yesterday by America's Second Harvest, the country's largest charitable hunger-relief organization. The report's titled Child Food Insecurity in the United States: 2003 -- 2005, and it analyzes data collected by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service; information on how the study was conducted can be found here.
But the results for the state can be found here: Out of the 6.2 million children under the age of 18 living in Texas, 1,510,966 are considered "food insecure," which means at some point during the year, they're likely to go hungry. And it's consistent with findings from the state's Center for Public Policy Priorities, which, in its State of Texas Children 2006 report, said that "the number of families earning too little to maintain an adequate diet has increased, ranking Texas first in the nation in the percentage of food-insecure households in 2004."
In a USA Today story about the America's Second Harvest report, Jan Pruitt, chief executive officer of the North Texas Food Bank, says part of the problem can be blamed on working families trying to cope with rising costs -- for housing, gas, you name it. There's also another problem, she says: "the demonization of food stamps." --Robert Wilonsky
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Observer's biggest stories.
- What's a Neighborhood Plus, Anyway?
Sun., Oct. 11, 3:25pm
Tue., Oct. 13, 7:30pm
Thu., Oct. 15, 6:30pm
Fri., Oct. 16, 7:05pm
- Ken Paxton Wants Dan Patrick to Do Scary Things to Women
- Oh, Brother, Between Hawk and the Democrats, This Is Getting Knee-Deep