Hunger Facts

Hunger is a pervasive problem in the North Texas community. Learn more about the problem, then check out how NTFB and our community of supporters is working to fight it via our Programs

  • More than 800,000 people across NTFB’s 13-county service area are food insecure – 1 in 6 people

  • Having a job doesn’t mean that you can’t be hungry. Stagnant wages and underemployment are contributing factors to low family incomes.

  • There is a strong correlation between hunger and health, with one in three client households affected by diabetes – and 60 percent with unpaid medical bills

  • 80 percent of clients choose to purchase inexpensive and often unhealthy foods in order to have something to eat.

  • 2/3 households that the North Texas Food Bank serves reports having to choose between food and paying medical care

  • One in every four kids in North Texas is food insecure – almost 300,000 children

  • Food insecure children are sick more often and are more likely to suffer developmental delays.

  • 95 percent of households served by NTFB have an annual household income of $30,000 or less

  • In North Texas, 1 in 6 food-insecure households is home to a veteran


Number of Food-Insecure People by County 

  • Collin - 132,720 (15%)
  • Dallas  - 442,920 (17.6%)
  • Delta - 1,070 (20.4%)
  • Denton - 113,260 (15%)
  • Ellis - 22,830 (14.2%)
  • Fannin - 6,050 (17.9%)
  • Grayson - 22,220 (17.9%)
  • Hopkins - 6,540 (18.2%)
  • Hunt - 16,700 (18.7%)
  • Kaufman - 17,660 (15.8%)
  • Lamar - 10,730 (21.6%)
  • Navarro - 8,640 (17.9%)
  • Rockwall  - 11,200 (12.7%) 

*Source: Feeding America Map the Meal Gap 2018: Overall Food Insecurity in Texas by County in 2016

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