Food insecurity exists in every county in the country. To learn more about hunger in Texas, please visit https://www.feedingtexas.org/learn/.
To learn more about local food insecurity in the Brazos Valley, explore data from Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap project. Feeding America, the nation’s Food Bank Network, has published the Map the Meal Gap project since 2011. Click on the County name below to access Map the Meal Gap data for that county.
Hunger in the Brazos Valley
As part of the Hunger in America 2014 national study, the Brazos Valley Food Bank collected responses to the Agency Survey from 44 partner agencies. The Brazos Valley Food Bank followed up with eight partner agencies, conducting site visits to complete the Client Survey portion of the study. While this data was incorporated into the national totals, it was also included in a report specifically for the Brazos Valley Food Bank to provide a snapshot of needs and services in the Brazos Valley. This executive summary highlights several significant selections of the local data for both agencies and clients.
A Quick Overview of Key Findings:
The food insecure of the Brazos Valley, according to Hunger in America 2014, (in which BVFB participated), are:
- One out of every five individuals (1 out of 5) in the Brazos Valley
- Over one third of children (31 percent) living in our community. This statistic does not include BackPack participants. When included, they bring this percentage up to over 50 percent (50%).
- Almost one third of seniors (28 percent are 60 years old+) living in our community. This statistic does not include Senior Bags participants.
- Productive workers, with over 37 percent (37%) having worked for pay in the last 4 weeks and over 40 percent (40%) who have worked in the last 12 months
- Making difficult tradeoffs –
- 92 percent (92%) had to choose between food and medical care
- 90 percent (90%) had to choose between food and utilities
- 85 percent (85%) had to choose between food and transportation
- 51 percent (51%) had to choose between food and housing
- Dealing with difficult health issues –
- 89 percent (89%) report having a person in their household with high blood pressure
- 51 percent (51%) report having a person in their household with diabetes
- 22 percent (22%) report having a person in their household with poor health
- Using coping strategies to cope with their food insecurity –
- 90 percent (90%) purchase inexpensive, unhealthy food
- 67 percent (67%) receive help from family and neighbors
- 55 percent (55%) water down food and drinks
- 46 percent (46%) sell or pawn personal property
Who is Accessing Food and Where do they Reside?
From 7/1/14-6/30/15, 55,742 Unique Individuals were Fed
(through a Food Bank supported partner or program)
The Brazos Valley Food Bank works daily to alleviate hunger in the Brazos Valley. To learn more, click on the links below: