In the 18 southeast Texas counties served by the Houston Food Bank
• On a given day, 66,000 people in southeast Texas experience the pain of hunger and have no food: 5,000 are children.
•800,000 individuals receive food assistance each year through the Houston Food Bank's network of hunger relief charities.
•One in four children (25%) in southeast Texas is food insecure, or at risk of being hungry; overall, one in five people (18%) is food insecure.
The Face of Hunger:
•They're working: Two-thirds of food insecure families with children have at least one working adult.
•"Not homeless: 97% of people served by the Houston Food Bank have permanent housing.
•Seniors: 20% of people served by the Houston Food Bank are age 60 or older
Hungry families report they must often choose between paying for food and other necessities.
•Food vs. utilities - 72%
•Food vs. rent or mortgage - 60%
•Food vs. medical care - 74%
•Food vs. transportation - 70%
What do hungry families do if they don't have enough to eat?
•Purchase cheap, unhealthy food - 78%
•Water down food or drinks to make them last longer - 42%
•Get help from family and/or friends - 47%
Adapted from the Houston Food Bank Hunger Fact Sheet: