Feeding America Study Reveals Texas Leads in Child Hunger
May 8, 2009 § Leave a comment
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Feeding America recently released a report using USDA data to determine state-by-state child hunger (those under age 18). For the second year in a row, the study revealed Texas having the #1 rate of child hunger at 22.1 percent. Texas is also in the top five states with children under five at risk of hunger (23.3 percent). Read the study here.
Instead of focusing on the shock of these numbers, we challenge you to act upon your desire to make a change.
We think it’s prudent to look to our community and elected leaders for more than their thoughts. We also need their support. The hunger conversation in Texas needs to be directed to our leaders, to whom we entrust to create a stronger Texas.
In response to the issue of child hunger, HB 1622 was introduced in the Texas Senate, last week. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, the bill would provide $20 million to help food banks provide healthy foods to children at risk of hunger.
Roughly $1.5 million of the money from HB 1622 would go to Capital Area Food Bank to be distributed to the 350 Partner Agencies serving hungry Central Texans.
HB 1622 received passage in the Texas House last month. We, again, thank all the Representatives in our 21 County Service Area who supported the bill:
Charles Doc Anderson, Jimmie Don Aycock, Valinda Bolton, Byron Cook, Dawnna Dukes, Jim Dunnam, Dan Gattis, Harvey Hilderbran, Donna Howard, Tim Kleinschmidt, Diana Maldonado, Doug Miller, Sid Miller, Elliot Naishtat, Eddie Rodriguez, Patrick Rose, Ralph Sheffield and Mark Strama.
We encourage you to send letters of thanks to them, as well.
Texas legislators are meeting this month to decide the fate of the bill and funding. Please contact your local state legislators and ask them to support funding for “the food bank bill.”
One-in-five Texas children is depending on you to be their voice.