Texas cooking school students should be mindful to take some time away from their studies of food as presentation to remember that, for some, food is simply a daily struggle for sustenance. That mentality has certainly been embraced by various food banks across the state of Texas as Hunger Action Month has gotten underway this September. The month-long campaign, aimed at raising awareness and activism surrounding the problem of food insecurity in America, is catching on quickly in the Lone Star State, in which not knowing where their next meal will come from is the reality for many residents.
The Tyler Paper reports that the most recent data from Feeding America, a nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the U.S., indicates that 252,000 individuals in East Texas alone rely on food bank assistance. To offer perspective on the growing nature of this problem, that number has risen from 182,000 in 2010.
Karolyn Davis, the communications director for Feeding America, told the Tyler Paper that, despite popular perception, the reality is that most people dependent on food banks are employed individuals who have simply fallen on hard times.
“Most people think that these are families, perhaps, that aren’t working, this or that,” said Davis. “That’s not true. Most of these families are working. There’s one person in the household at least working.”
According to further statements by Davis, 1 out of every 4 children in East Texas is at risk of food insecurity, along with 1 in every 5 adults. The East Texas Food Bank, along with other nonprofits, food depositories and distributors in the area, are encouraging the public to wear orange during the month of September to raise awareness for this worthy cause.