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

Hunger Free Texans

Texas Hunger Initiative

Houston Food Bank


  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.