It is estimated that 1.1 million children in Texas are hungry or at risk of hunger – 32% of all Texas children. (CPPP) Rather than calling on Clinton to help feed hungry Texans, Bush indicated that in this country "faith-based programs have historically played a crucial role in feeding the hungry," but did not account for the failure of either his administration or the state's faith-based institutions to deal with Texas' hunger problem. For more information, see "Bush Lax on Hunger in Texas"11/18/99
Carlos Guerra has recently added to the above: "As we laud Gov. Bush's concern for the world's hungry, let's not forget that some of those hungry people are American. "Most people think of hungry people and homeless people as the same, the problem of hunger reaches far beyond homelessness," Bread for the World reports. "In a time when our economy is especially strong, more than 10 percent of U.S. households do not have access to enough food for an active healthy life, and are forced to choose between relying on emergency food sources or going hungry. Children account for nearly 40 percent of this group."
"Where are these Americans? In "Measuring Food Security in the United States," the U.S. Department of Agriculture studied hunger in America from 1996 through 1998. Texas had the dubious distinction of having the second-highest percentage of households — 13 percent — with "food insecurity," or the inability to meet basic food needs at all times. As for homes with "food insecurity with hunger," or "the uneasy or painful sensation caused by a lack of food (and) the recurrent and involuntary lack of access to food," Texas ranked No. 1." (SAEN)
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