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Hunger Facts

Children

1 out of 4 children in Montgomery County are food insecure. Hungry children, even those who experience only mild malnutrition during the critical stages of their development, may suffer irreparable harm. Research shows that preschool and school-aged children who experience severe hunger have higher levels of chronic illness, anxiety, depression, and behavior problems than nourished children. Hungry children have a harder time learning in school, shorter attention spans, and suffer more absences due to illness.

Faces of Hunger in Montgomery County

  • Over 85,000 food insecure people, which is 17% of the population.
  • About 32,000 children are food insecure.
  • Only 52% of food insecure people are likely to be eligible for SNAP, WIC, and free school meals.

Faces of Hunger in Texas

  • 4.6 million people in Texas are food insecure, which is 17.6% of the population.
  • 27.4% of children are food insecure.
  • Over 30% of food insecure children in Texas are ineligible for federal nutritional programs. This is 10% greater than the national average.
  • Over $2 billion additional dollars are needed to meet the food needs for people in the state of Texas.

General Hunger Facts

  • While poverty and food insecurity go hand in hand, unemployment is the best predictor of food insecurity.
  • People who live above the poverty line are often at risk for food insecurity as well
  • In the 2014 Feeding America Hunger in America study it was found that 54% of client households had at least one person who had worked in the previous 12 months.