Food insecurity in the greater Houston area is at an all-time high of 13% composed of 973,990 residents, of which over half live below the poverty line. Additionally, 1 in 4 children in the greater Houston area is also food insecure. Many struggle to receive proper nutrition as more than 33% of Texas children do not eat any vegetables, and 23% do not eat fruit on any given day.
Hunger and nutrition are issues that adversely affect students and their learning environment. Impacted students have lessened educational and behavioral outcomes in classroom settings. Having access to school meal programs has been shown to have better results in student test scores.