The Associated Press broke the story last Friday, October 28.
A higher percentage of Texas households were at risk of going hungry over the past three years than in any other state, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Agriculture Department.
From 2002 to 2004, over 16 percent of Texas households at some point had trouble providing enough food for all their family members.
In nearly 5 percent of Texas households, at least one family member actually went hungry at least one time during that period because the household couldn't afford enough food--the fourth-highest rate in the country.
Nationally, 11.4 percent of households were at risk of going hungry during this same period. The study report that 3.6 percent of U.S. households had at least one member go hungry during the period.
The latest national figures were higher than in the previous three-year period.
Between 1999 and 2001, an average of 10.4 percent of households were at risk for hunger, and an average of 3.1 percent of households experienced hunger.
Our experience, and that of our crucial partners at the North Texas Food Bank, here in Dallas certainly reflects the trend reported here.
How much longer will the people of Texas tolerate being at the top of every social index that reports on a failing community?
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