Food Insecurity


  • Of Texas households, 18.7% are food insecure and live with the risk of running out of food on a daily basis1
  • In Harris County, 25.5% of children live in food insecure households1
  • 47% of Houston Food Bank clients are <18 years of age2
  • Food insecurity is linked to poor performance in school, reduced attention in class, behavioral issues, increased school absences, a higher risk of obesity, and more suicidal or depressive tendencies among children1
  • 21.6% of all children are food insecure in the U.S.; 27.1% of children in Texas are food insecure1
  • Minorities are more at risk; of all children receiving food stamps in Harris County in 2011, 56.62% were Latino and 28.63% were Black1
  • 43% of these children in Harris County were under the age of five1
  • On an average day in 2010-2011 school year, 372,425 students in Harris County were eligible for a free or reduced price breakfast but did not receive one 

Helpful Links

Children at Risk
http://childrenatrisk.org/

Hunger Free Texans
http://www.hungerfreetexans.org/

Texas Hunger Initiative
https://www.baylor.edu/texashunger/index.php?id=99647

Houston Food Bank
https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/

References

  1. Children at Risk. Growing Up in Houston 2012-2014, Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children. Children at Risk, 2012.
  2. "Child Hunger: Fact Sheets" Houston Food Bank. Houston Food Bank, n.d. Web. 12 Sept 2014.