16.3 Percent (That’s One in Six) Texas Households are at Risk for Hunger. When is Enough, Enough?
November 16, 2009 § Leave a comment
President and CEO
Around this time of year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases its annual report on the state of hunger in America. The results are usually dismaying, but not surprising. The Texas Food Bank Network said in a news release this afternoon, “Because of the timing of the survey, the new data in the report represents 2008, early in the recession. That number today is almost undoubtedly worse.” Our own Central Texas reports indicate a 60 percent increase in clients since this time last year.
Now, more than ever, Texas needs strong public policy and a community-wide effort to address this problem. That’s what the Hunger Is UNaceptable campaign is all about. It’s about connecting people to the federal feeding programs in a way that encourages participation, and reduces stigma. It’s about collaborating with your neighbors to raise funds to support a trusted, community-based food safety net. It’s about supporting the needs of a diverse community through volunteerism. And most importantly, it’s about understanding that the devastating effects of hunger impact more than the hungry. It affects us all.
In the spirit of collaboration, I’ll be heading off to Waco later this week to participate in a statewide Hunger Summit. I hope you’ll also find a renewed sense of desire to support a growing effort to make a stronger, healthier, well-fed Texas.
The train has left the station.