Texas has Highest Child Starvation Rate

POSTED: Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 10:11pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 9:56am

TYLER - According to a new study released by the U.S.D.A., Texas has the highest rate of child hunger in the country.

The study shows 22% of children under the age of 18 don't know where their next meal is coming from.

According to representatives of the East Texas Food Bank, that rate is even higher in East Texas, closer to 25%.

They also say in the last year the number of families needing food has grown.

"Families that traditionally find a way to make ends meet are now being forced to have to make difficult choices like paying for food or paying for their electric bill," Robert Bush, the executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, says.

Louisiana has the highest number of starving children under the age of five, but in that same category, Texas is tied for third.

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Wow, I mean you guys can calm down. I honestly think that Isn't true.

to be honest texas parents have trouble because jobs are hard to find and most parents dont have more than a ged or highschool diploma. texas is a big state. and unlike some states like arizona, its harder to get help feeding your family.

People with the mindset of it being the parents fault are a joke..

Put yourself in their shoes! How dare you say that people are spending money on other things instead of taking care of feeding their children. Obviously you have never lost a job and had to choose between feeding your family and paying your rent or electric.
Maybe there are a couple out there that splurges on bogus stuff instead of food but the majority is people who are getting hit hard by this economy. so instead of sending your money to starving children in another country consider giving to your local food bank. or better yet go work in one so that you can see the actual people who are in need in area.

Very sad. Meanwhile, people are focusing on helping those in other countries and ignoring what's going on right under our own noses.

Listen, quit being mean. Some parents do just buy other things they don't need instead of buying things for their kids. Ok. I just thought I would say that to you.

it is because the parents spend most of there money on other things instead of feeding their family. I think that it is crazy that Texas has the highest child starvation rate in the United States today.
good going parents!

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