A Serving of Facts
affects Texas youth
and the nation.
With 18.8% of the population struggling with hunger everyday, Texas ranks second highest in the nation for food insecurity.
Nearly 4.41 million Texans are living in poverty.
Approximately 22% (the highest in the nation) of food insecure Texans are children under the age of 18.
14.5% of U.S. households are food insecure (compare to 18% of Texas households).
6.2 of 73.9 million children live in food-insecure households in the U.S.
Every SNAP dollar spent, formerly known as food stamps, generates $1.87 in economic returns.
Of the more than 2.4 million students in the state who get a free or reduced-price school lunch, less than 1.4 million (56%) participate in the School Breakfast program.
Only 50% of Texans eligible for SNAP participate in the program.
Only 12% of the 2.8 million Texas children that qualify for free or reduced priced meals during the school year participate in the Summer Meals Program.