Hunger Facts

• In Hays County, 24,000 people are food insecure. (Source: Feeding America, 2013, “Map the Meal Gap”)

• The average cost of a meal in Hays County is $2.40(Source: Feeding America, 2009 – 2010, “Map the Meal Gap”)

• “Food security” refers to the availability of food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food insecure when its occupants live in hunger or fear of starvation. 

Texas ranks #2 in the nation for food insecurity in children under the age of 18. (Source: Feeding America, 2010, “Child Food Insecurity in the United States: 2006 – 2008″)

Texas ranks #4 in the nation for food insecurity in adults over the age of 50. (Source: AARP Foundation, 2011, “Food Insecurity Among Older Adults”)

• In the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, 71% of children qualify for free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches. (Source: SMCISD Child Nutrition Department, 2012)

• In the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, 52% of children qualify for free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches. (Source: HCISD Child Nutrition Department, 2012)