New Travis County Community Impact Report Reveals Many Families Struggle to Meet Basic Needs.

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Released this month is part one of a report by the Travis County Commissioners Court report on community conditions in Travis County.  This report is a great resource for those looking to understand why so many in Travis County struggle to make ends meet and why some CAFB Partner Agencies have reported a 30-40% increase in clientele this past year.

Key findings on hunger in the report:

  • About 43% of households with incomes below the poverty level have trouble providing enough food and more than one-third of low-income families with incomes somewhat above the poverty level (up to 185%) also have difficulty providing adequate access to food.
  • Income has not kept pace with the cost of food. In 2000, a family of four could live on a food budget of about $434 per month; in 2010, this cost was $583, an increase of about 35%.
  • Food-related calls to 2-1-1 increased by 8% (from 6,457 calls in 2008 to 6,987 in 2009).
  • More families are enrolling in SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), and that number in Travis county steadily increases. In December 2010, there were 49,409 SNAP cases in Travis County with 110,756 people (about 11% of all Travis County residents) receiving benefits.

Read the full report.

More than one-third (35%) of residents (352,398 people) lived in households with incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level (that’s $21,660 for an individual or $44,100 for a family of four). That’s a lot of people who may not be income-eligible for WIC or SNAP, but still need help and come to the Food Bank or one of our Partner Agencies to receive assistance.

As the population in Travis County explodes, are these hunger facts sustainable?  Is this acceptable?  We don’t think so.

Learn more on HungerIsUNacceptable.com:

  • Check out our interactive cost of living infographic to learn more about what it takes to live in Austin-Round Rock MSA.
  • Learn more about Travis County on our county map infographic.
  • How far do you have to travel to find hunger-relief resources, especially when you live in a low- income area?  The hunger gaps map shows the intersection of poverty and resources in CAFB’s 21-county service territory.

Do something:

  • Take a virtual shopping trip.  Drag and drop food items into the cart to donate the cost of food to the Food Bank.
  • Share your concerns and this blog post with your elected officials.  Tell them to make hunger issues a priority. Click here to find your representative.
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