Poverty & Food Insecurity in East Texas

Did you know that...
  • Texas ranks 7th in the nation for child food insecurity? (Feeding America)
  • 456,000 East Texans are at-risk of hunger? ( 2014 Hunger in America Study)
  • 1 in 4 East Texas children are food insecure? ( 2014 Hunger in America Study)
  • Nearly 65,000 children were served by the East Texas Food Bank annually? 
        ( 2014 Hunger in America Study)
  • 16% of the East Texas population lives in poverty? ( United Way of Smith County and census.gov)
  • In Gregg County (Longview) 1 in 5 people live in poverty? (US Census Bureau)
  • Poverty is defined as an annual income of under $24,000 for a family of four? (US Census Bureau)
Food insecurity means that a person's consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.
Another way to look at food insecurity is a
financial juggling act, where sometimes the food ball gets dropped.
USDA and the Texas Food Bank Network
Helpful Community Links
- Feeding America's Hunger & Poverty Fact Sheet 
- Hunger in Texas: List of Texas-area food banks
- Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity in Texas
East Texas Human Needs Network 
- Schedule a Poverty Simulation for your group