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Hunger in Texas

Could you stand to go without eating for an entire day because there is no food in the pantry and no money in your pocket and still be effective at work or school? Minimum wage in the US is now $5.85 per hour. That’s 11,700 before taxes.

The Federal Poverty Guideline is $20,000 for a family of four.

Food insecurity includes not having enough food, reducing the quality of food purchased, feeding children unbalanced diets, or skipping meals so children can eat.

The Gleaning Network of Texas

North Texas

In the 12-county area of North Texas, the total population is 5,197,129. The number of people living in poverty is 631,261. That’s an average poverty rate of 11.8% in the 12 counties. The average poverty rate for the state of Texas is 17.6%


CountyTotal PopPop in Poverty% in Poverty
Collin
Dallas
Denton
Ellis
Hood
Hunt
Johnson
Kaufman
Parker
Rockwall
Tarrant
Wise

Midland/Odessa

In the six county area around Midland and Odessa, the total population is 262,282. The number of people living in poverty is 40,391. That’s an average poverty rate of 15.4% in the six counties.

Population and Poverty by County:

CountyTotal Pop.Pop. in Poverty % in Poverty
Andrews 13,004 1,924 14.8%
Crane 3,996 432 10.8%
Ector 121,123 23,376 19.3%
Martin 4,746 831 17.5%
Midland 116,009 16,937 14.6%
Upton 3,404 517 15.2%

Statistics and information from the Food Research & Action Committee, the Texas Food Bank Network, and the 2000 U.S. Census

Austin/San Antonio

County Total Pop. Pop. In Poverty % in Poverty
Atascosa 38,628 7,701 20.2%
Bandera 17,645 1,895 10.8%
Bastrop     
Bexar      
Blanco     
Burnet      
Caldwell      
Comal      
Guadalupe      
Hays      
Kendall      
Lee      
Medina      
Travis      
Williamson      
Wilson      

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