Individuals who suffer from food insecurity lack reliable access to nutritious and affordable food like fruits and vegetables.
Last week, I shared information about the health effects food insecurity has on children.
Now that we have an idea of why we need to work to fix the issue, I thought we could look at just how prevalent poverty and hunger are in our state.
Feeding Texas, the state food bank network which is a part of Feeding America, has created a map based on census data that shows levels of poverty and food insecurity throughout the state.
The Houston Food Bank has gone a bit further, mapping out the zip codes in the Houston metro area and providing information for each that looks like this:
The Houston Food Bank has created an interactive map showing food insecurity data in 2016 for each of the zip codes in the Houston area. Boxes like this provide metrics for each zip code. Source: Houston Food Bank
The information on each map provides a clear picture of just how many Texans suffer from hunger and how the numbers vary (sometimes significantly) even between neighboring areas.