West Texas Food Bank

About Hunger

Nearly one in four Texas children do not have access to adequate nutritious meals on a regular basis. In fact, the latest USDA report found that 18 percent of Texas households (one in six) experienced food insecurity between 2011 and 2013.

“A total of 1.7 million Texas households were food insecure—more than any other state, except for California.”

As a proud state known for taking care of our own, we can—and must—do better. The West Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of hunger relief organizations. We have provided over 4.1 million meals throughout our 19-county region. The need is great, and our goal to eradicate hunger in our region is even greater.

Of the households served by the West Texas Food Bank, 74 percent have incomes that fall at, or below, the federal poverty level. Fifty-eight percent of households have incomes of $10,000 or less, and 31 percent have annual incomes of $10,001-$20,000. Approximately 40 percent of WTFB clients are under 18. Sixteen percent are over 65.

No one chooses to be hungry. Hunger can happen for several reasons, including:

  • A family health crisis not covered by health insurance — Sixty-seven percent of households reported choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care at least once in the past 12 months; 30 percent face this choice every month.
  • Rising costs of living and housing, especially for those who are disabled or on a fixed income — Sixty-two percent of households reported choosing between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage at least once in the past 12 months; 30 percent face this choice every month.
  • Seniors unexpectedly raising grandchildren — Twenty percent of households are headed by grandparents who have taken on the unexpected responsibility of raising their grandchildren.
  • Untimely death of a family’s primary income-earner
  • A single parent raising their children after a broken marriage

More statistics on hunger:

  • Forty-two percent of households reported choosing between paying for food and paying for school loans, tuition, or other education-related expenses in the past 12 months; 16 percent face this choice every month.
  • Sixty-seven percent of households reported choosing between paying for food and paying for transportation or gas or a car, at least once in the past 12 months; 32 percent face this choice every month.
  • Seventy percent of households reported choosing between paying for food and paying for utilities at least once in the past 12 months; 36 percent face this choice every month.