Houston Food Bank Feeds 800,000 People Per Year — Many of Them Children
In the United States, there are currently 42.2 million Americans struggling with hunger, including 13.1 million children. In Texas, the data is even worse where 17.2% percent of all households were found to have experienced hunger, which is unfortunately notably higher than the national rate of 14.3% (source: Houston Food Bank).
And it’s getting worse for kids
From 2015–2016, the percentage of food insecure children in Southeast Texas grew from 24% to 26%. That means more than one in four or a full 25% of Southeast Texas children — an estimated 448,490 kids — currently live in homes that don’t have consistent access to enough nutritious food.
Again, that’s 450,000 hungry children in and around Houston, Texas at this very moment
Does this mean that there’s half a million 10 year-olds on the street begging for food right now? No. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Rather, it means that these kids — who are likely living in poverty or just above it — may even have “food” in their pantries, but it’s simply not enough for them.
Food insecure children often live in households that simply cannot afford fresh produce, meat and other nutritious items that are necessary for a healthy life. Remember what happened to the guy that lived off of McDonalds for a month? Hundreds of thousands of children are experiencing similar circumstances right now, right here in our communities.
Often the choice these kids are forced to make is between eating nothing or eating the processed foods — many of which are illegal in other countries — that are high in sugar and fat, but much more affordable alternatives to actual healthy food. And unfortunately, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) this has led to dangerous levels of childhood obesity and diabetes.
The Houston Food Bank is helping feed these kids
As the largest food bank in the country, Houston Food Bank distributes nutritious produce to its network of 600 hunger relief non-profits in 18 Southeast Texas counties. They are arguably the most effective and transparent option for helping the 450,000 hungry kids in Southeast Texas. If you live in Houston, you’ve undoubtedly felt their presence and clearly for good reason — they’re making a huge difference.
Named top charity in Texas by Charity Navigator for financial performance and accountability, the Houston Food Bank provides 79 million nutritious meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding 800,000 people each year.
Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the warehouse, and hot meals are prepared and distributed from the new Keegan Kitchen, a 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art industrial kitchen.
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