East Texas poverty rates above state average
POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 6:53am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 2:29pm
It is four minutes til closing time at Longview Community Ministries Monday and there is a line outside the door to the food pantry; each person waiting his turn to get a box of food basics.
Cody Rockey came to the nonprofit agency for the first time - he is representative of the 20 percent of the county's population that federal officials say live in poverty.
Rockey rode the bus to get to the food pantry. Down and out at age 24, he admits, he's seen some tough times lately.