HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY.
HUNGER IN CENTRAL TEXAS
Donations to food pantries and organizations that help supply food to the needy continue to suffer because of rising fuel and food costs.
76% of households receiving assistance from the Central Area Food Bank report income levels below the federal poverty level.
The annual income needed for a Travis county family of four to “afford” to live in the Austin area is $53, 080. That’s 257% above the Federal poverty level. (Source: CPPP.org)
The child poverty rate in Texas is 23.2%, for the CAFB service area, 35% of the household members receiving food are children. (Source: Hunger in America 2006, Central Texas Report)
Texas ranks 37th in overall child well-being.
Austin continues to have the highest cost of living in the state of Texas.
Low-income and homeless children, women, and men seldom get the meat a healthy diet requires. Shelters and churches feeding the homeless often receive donations of bread and vegetables, but there’s a very real need for meet donations.
Children are at the highest risk of hunger, especially during the summer, when they can no longer eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at school.