The lines are long for too long.
August 19, 2008 § 1 Comment
Providing statistics on hunger and food insecurity is not enough to convince people that the hungry live among us. I’m reminded about a famous quote from then-governor, George W. Bush when he was given grim statistics about Texas hunger and food insecurity. His response:
“I saw the report that children in Texas are going hungry. Where? You’d think the governor would have heard if there are pockets of hunger in Texas.”
— George W. Bush whose state ranks 2nd in total number of children living in poverty 12/18/99.
Sadly, the statistics haven’t changed much since 1999. Texas still ranks third highest in food insecurity, and tied for first in the nation in childhood food insecurity. Several times a week, working families stand in line, sometimes in the hot sun, or pouring rain to receive food through one of our distributions around Central Texas.
At today’s Fresh Food for Families (FFFF) distribution in South Austin, we provided fresh peaches, potatoes, red onions, sweet potatoes and an assortment of bread and tortillas. Luckily, the rain stayed away for the afternoon, and all guests took home ample amounts of fresh food.
Some of the guests were gracious enough to allow us to take a few pictures so we can share with you the face of hunger. Yes, hunger does exist in Central Texas, and the lines are long. Too long.
We couldn’t continue to provide this service without the support of community volunteers, donations from local grocery stores and financial donations allowing us to provide fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables.