Food and Nutrition in Texas: What You Need to Know
What did you have for breakfast today? While you try to remember, chew on these disturbing facts.
1.7 million Texas households struggled to put food on the table in 2013, one of the highest rates of household food insecurity in the country. That’s 4.7 million Texans.
In a state as great as Texas, no one should have to worry about where they will find their next meal. Fortunately there are long-established, common-sense food assistance programs available to help ensure Texans have enough to eat.
To help lawmakers and other Texans understand the problem and find solutions, today CPPP is releasing a comprehensive overview of Texas food and nutrition programs, Food & Nutrition in Texas: What You Need to Know. We hope the report will quickly become your go-to guide for food and nutrition programs in Texas.
Why focus on food and nutrition? Childhood hunger can lead to delays in physical, intellectual and emotional growth. Hungry children have more challenges in school, limiting their opportunities and impacting Texas’ future. Adults who don’t have sufficient food are often sicker, which harms their productivity and reduces their earning potential.
We all want the best Texas, a place where everyone is healthy, well-educated and financially secure. Texas has taken some good steps toward improving food security, including enrolling more schools in a free breakfast and lunch program than any other state. But there is much more Texas can do.
I had half a Texas grapefruit, toast and yogurt for breakfast this morning. I am grateful for the food I eat and for programs that help feed Texans from all backgrounds so they can reach their full potential.