Brazos Valley Food Bank Spreads Awareness About Hunger

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

The Brazos Valley Food Bank is spreading awareness about one of the nation's growing problems.

During a press conference Thursday the food bank explained how they're making sure no child goes hungry. In 2005, the backpack program was initiated, and since then it has seen great success.

Students in need, mostly kids that get free meals at school, are sent home with backpacks each weekend that are stuffed with healthy snacks. Backpacks are used, so the children aren't singled out by their peers.

The Brazos Valley Food Bank also unveiled a new picture campaign.

To spread awareness of the growing problem, pictures are taken of people in the community holding signs printed with the phrase, "Hunger is Unacceptable." The pictures will then be uploaded to the food bank's website to let people know that hunger is a problem that exists in our community.

Addressing Childhood Nutrition in Texas:

Texas has a child nutrition problem with two faces - obesity and hunger. 1 out of every 5 Texas children is medically obese, and 1 out of 4 live in a household without enough food.

These problems are "flip sides" of the same coin - a lack of access to healthy food in the home. One third of low-income Texans report difficulty putting balanced meals on the table. These families "cope" with rising food prices by buying cheaper, less nutritious food.

Both problems are being fought in the same neighborhoods, and often in the same families. Poverty is acknowledged as a high-risk factor for both hunger and obesity. Among Texas schoolchildren, Hispanic and African-American children are most likely to suffer from both hunger and being overweight.

Texas food banks are a direct source of food for many children in need. Food pantries, Kids Cafes, weekend backpacks and other programs of the Texas food bank system feed more than 681,000 children every year. Demand for these programs has increased 11-12% in the last year alone.

Helping food banks distribute more healthy foods will reduce childhood hunger and increase childhood health in Texas. Texas food banks combine the efficiency to move over 205 million pounds of food every year with the public trust and community access needed to put the right food in the right hands, any time of the year.

Brazos Valley Food Bank Receives Large Donation:

The Brazos Valley Food Bank says Kenneth Loke of Wells Fargo presented the Brazos Valley Food Bank a $15,000 check Thursday specifically for the Backpack program from the Gilbert and Thrya Plass Charitable Trust. He also presented a check for $15,000 for our Senior Bag program and $12,000 for our Food for Pantries work.

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