Hunger Hits Home: 1 in 4 Texas Children at Risk

June 6th, 2012 § 0 comments

Summer Food Service Program Kickoff with Chef David Bull

On Monday, Feeding America released the findings of their recent “Map the Meal Gap” study, highlighting food insecurity in the United States. The research revealed that Texas leads the nation as 11th in levels of food insecurity, with 1 in 4 children at risk of hunger. This finding is shocking and difficult to fathom, however it describes daily life for too many Texas families: the face of hunger is a child’s.

The consequences of food insecurity for children ripple across their lives, impacting their ability to learn in school, their potential to grow into healthy adults, and become contributing members to the community. Without reliable access to nutritious food, what will happen to the next generation of Texans?

In Central Texas, the Capital Area Food Bank serves 48,000 people, with 20,000 children receiving nutritious meals through our hunger fighting programs. In the Austin Independent School District, 2 in 3 children receive free or reduced lunch. The gap between end of the school year and the beginning of the next one is a long, hungry summer for these students.

At the Capital Area Food Bank, we believe no child should go hungry. This year, CAFB launched the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to bring free meals to children when school lunches are not available during the summer vacation. Our goal is to provide 30,000 snacks and lunches to children at risk of hunger in Travis County.
Yet even more needs to be done, which is only possible with the support of community members. Summer is here, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Check out the links below to see how you can fight hunger too:

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