Texas Hunger Initiative hopes to eliminate hunger

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 3:55pm

Representatives from across the country are working on ways to end hunger.

And, at this year's Southwest Regional Hunger Summit in Waco, leaders announced that Texas has improved on its food insecurity rate for children.

In 2009, Texas ranked number two with the most hungry children. This year, Texas ranks number 11. This year alone, 15 million more Texas students will receive school breakfast as opposed to last year.

Summit leaders say better paying jobs will decrease the poverty rate, which will ultimately eliminate hunger.

"One of the ways we've decided to address it is to collaborate more. And so, identifying ways that the state government and the federal government can work with faith communities, to non-profits, to all over the state, and also the corporate sector to figure out what we can all do together to alleviate hunger," said Jeremy Everett, Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative for Baylor University.

Statistics show nearly 20 percent of Texans are food insecure.

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