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Hunger Around Us

LOCAL INFORMATION:

 

Helping Hands is currently serving over 100 households each week.

In 2002, Helping Hands distributed

over 200,000lbs of foods to 13,000 individuals

 

DSISD has over 700 students on the
national Free & Reduced lunch program,

representing over 8.8% of the district population. 

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK:

Thanks to a thriving business sector and unparalleled economic development, Central Texas is among the fastest growing regions in the nation. But amid this growth and prosperity, many of our neighbors are being left behind.

The rising cost of housing, utilities, transportation and healthcare leaves many of our neighbors to make impossible choices and painful sacrifices. Two-thirds of the people we serve say they had to choose between buying food and paying for housing in the past year. Eighty percent say they had to choose between food and medicine.

Hunger affects people from all walks of life. Working families, retired seniors on fixed incomes, grandparents with custody of grandchildren, the chronically ill and the disabled all turn to the Food Bank for help in emergencies or as part of their regular meal planning. As we work together to ensure all these people get the nutritious food they need, we’re counting on you to help educate the community and dispel myths about hunger around us.

Central Texas statistics (from Central Texas Food Bank):

  • 34% of food bank clients are children or teens

  • 64% of client households have at least one working adult

  • 62% of clients who don't work are disabled

  • 92% of food bank clients are not homeless

  • 20% of client households included grandparents caring for grandchildren who live with them

 

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Hunger & Poverty in the USA | Map the Meal Gap
Food insecurity exists in every county and congressional district in the country. But not everyone struggling with hunger qualifies for federal nutrition assistance. Learn more about local food insecurity and the food banks in your community by exploring data from Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap project.

Map the Meal Gap 2019 Central Texas Food Insecurity Data 
Provides food insecurity estimates, food price variations and food budget shortfalls at the county and congressional district level. The study examines the relationship among known factors that impact hunger including poverty, unemployment, food prices and access to federal assistance programs. This study is conducted annually by Feeding America.

Map the Meal Gap 2019 Central Texas Child Food Insecurity Data 
Provides child food insecurity estimates, food price variations and food budget shortfalls at the county and congressional district level. The study examines the relationship among known factors that impact hunger including poverty, unemployment, food prices and access to federal assistance programs. This study is conducted annually by Feeding America.

Texas Hunger Atlas

Created by Feeding Texas, details the extent of hunger in every Texas county and the specific resources available locally to help families meet their food needs.

SNAPshot Texas

Created by Feeding Texas, provides details about who gets help from SNAP (food stamps), and the families at risk of hunger. Simply type in your zip code to learn about hunger in your community.

Central Texas Food Bank

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