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CHILD HUNGER STATISTICS*

  • In the 13 counties Tarrant Area Food Bank serves, an average of 1 of 4 children (23.4 percent) under age 18 lives in a food-insecure household.  The household does not always have enough nutritious food to eat for a child's healthy development or for an adult's active life of employment and family responsibilities.**
  • An average of 62 percent of children living in food-insecure households in our service region are eligible for assistance from federal nutrition programs like free or reduced-price school meals and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Two girls
  • An average of 38 percent of children in food-insecure households in our 13-county service region are NOT eligible for federal assistance programs due to the income of their households that struggle to access sufficient nutrition.
  • In Tarrant County, while 1 of 5.5 of all residents (18 percent) do not always have enough food for a healthy, active life, 1 of 4 children lives in a food-insecure household.
  • Of Tarrant County children living in food-insecure households, two-thirds are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, WIC and other federal nutrition assistance.
  • More than one-third of children living in food-insecure households in Tarrant County are NOT eligible for federal nutrition assistance programs because of their household's income.
  • In Texas, 1 of 3.6 children (27.4 percent) lives in a food-insecure household and may suffer from food insecurity or outright hunger. Nationwide, 1 of of 4.6 children (21.6 percent) lives in a food-insecure household.

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  *Child Hunger Statistics are from Feeding America and its study, Map the Meal Gap 2014: Child Food Insecurity,based on 2012 statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The study was supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Nielsen and the ConAgra Foods Foundation.

**See Child Food Insecurity statistics for each county in Tarrant Area Food Bank's service region (download PDF).