Hunger is a global, national, regional and local problem. Nearly half of the world — over 3 billion people — lives on less than $2.50 a day. Nationally, 49 million people are “food insecure” — meaning, these people cannot consistently get enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Texas shamefully leads the nation as the sate with the most food insecure households — more than 8 million households. According to Feeding America, Texas also shamefully leads the nation with the highest number of hungry children, which is 1.5 million. In Bexar County alone, about 1 in 3 children do not get enough food.
Hunger was the topic discussed at St. Mary’s University on 8 December. Texas Public Radio hosted a town hall meeting with a panel that included Celia Hagert, a senior analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP); Eric Cooper, the executive director of the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB); Patti Radle, co-founder of Inner City Development (ICD) and former City Council member of District 5; and Steve Saldana, president of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. About 45 people were in attendance.
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