How hungry is your neighborhood?

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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:

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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.

NaBloPoMo, day three: Get out and vote!

This is going to be short and sweet.

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Wikipedia | I’ll be wearing one of these tomorrow. Will you?

Tomorrow is election day. There are so many excuses to not vote. You’re too busy. You’re tired. You don’t know where to vote. It’s a Tuesday.

Don’t use any of them.

And don’t fall back on any of those worn out versions of, “My vote doesn’t count/matter/make a difference.” Because all that tells me is that you don’t care enough to MAKE it matter.

Let me tell you why I vote. I vote because I’d rather have the right to vote than none at all. I vote because people fought long and hard to give me, a woman and minority, that right. I vote because I don’t think it’s right for me to complain about the state of affairs in our country if I choose not to cast my vote. And mostly, I vote because I feel that regardless of how the rest of my state votes or electoral votes in my state are cast, my voice DOES count and is just as important as the voices of those in the rest of the country.

Regardless of your candidate choice, of which party with which you identify, of where you stand on the all of issues each candidate has addressed, make sure you exercise your right and vote.

Many will never know the what it feels like to have that right. Don’t take for granted that you do.

Your voice DOES matter.