Food Security

1.8 million Texas children live in households where access to food is limited.

Source: Feeding America

In a state as great as Texas, no one should have to worry about where they will find their next meal. Yet over 4 million Texans experience food insecurity, or a difficulty meeting basic food needs. When families struggle to make ends meet – juggling finances to cover rent, utilities, and transportation – too often little is left for food. Low-income families are forced to make difficult choices as scarce resources are stretched, increasing the chance that they go hungry.

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Nearly 15% of Texas households do not have consistent access to enough nutritious food to support a healthy life.

Source: Feeding America

Food insecurity affects children, adults and seniors, and families of all races and ethnicities. However, certain populations are at higher risk for hunger. Why does food insecurity affect 38 percent of Black children, a rate more than twice as high as White children? Read on to discover how our state can work to close these gaps.

Food Assistance

The Women, Infants & Children (WIC) and Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) serve special populations. WIC serves pregnant women, infants and young children. CACFP serves young children, elderly adults and adults with disabilities who require care. CACFP operates through child care sites, adult day care centers and afterschool programs, while WIC clinics serve pregnant women, infants and young children.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most widely used federal nutrition program in Texas. Sixty-two percent of SNAP beneficiaries are children.

School Meals

These federal nutrition programs are targeted for children and operate through schools, afterschool programs, churches and other places that serve school-aged children. The Summer Nutrition Programs are the only programs available during the summer, while the other programs operate during the school year.

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