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 853,000 people in 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 – more than 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 - 135,820 (16.0%)
  • Dallas  - 451,950 (18.2%)
  • Delta - 1,110 (21.2%)
  • Denton - 116,680 (15.9%)
  • Ellis - 23,950 (15.3%)
  • Fannin - 6,450 (19.1%)
  • Grayson - 23,370 (19.0%)
  • Hopkins - 6,770 (19.0%)
  • Hunt - 17,260 (19.6%)
  • Kaufman - 18,000 (16.5%)
  • Lamar - 10,970 (22.1%)
  • Navarro - 9,030 (18.8%)
  • Rockwall  - 11,620 (13.6%) 

North Texas Food Bank, 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road Dallas, TX 75236-2028 214.330.1396 (MAP IT)