Number of Children Receiving Food Pantry Assistance Up 50 Percent Since 2006 - Thursday, February 04, 2010
Nearly 3 million different Texans -- 42 percent of them children -- receive food from food banks at some point during a year, according to a new report Hunger in America 2010, from Feeding America and Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. The study, being called the most comprehensive examination of U.S. hunger to date, offers data at the national, state, and local levels and notes that 50% more children today than in 2006 have relied on a food bank for assistance in the past year. Several regional news outlets picked up the story. In Fort Worth, 1 in 8 Tarrant County residents were found to need the aid of the local food bank; elsewhere in North Texas, the Dallas Morning News notes, demand at food pantries is up 80%. In Houston, 400,000 children received similar food assistance -- an 85% increase since 2006. In Central Texas, demand is up 79% and nearly half of those served by food banks are children. To see results for your area, visit the Feeding America website, and click on "Explore the data."