Hundreds more children at-risk of hunger - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Hundreds more children at-risk of hunger

Hundreds more area children are at risk of being hungry this year. And the problem is growing in rural communities.

Around 70,000 area residents, more than 40% of whom are children, are at risk of hunger. A new study Feeding America released shows 1,500 more children are at risk this year compared to last year.

This research done through the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, indicates food insecurity continues to be very high in the Texas panhandle. And that it's a growing issue and mainly being seen in rural communities.

Zack Wilson, the Executive Director of the High Plains Food Bank, says, "Some of our rural counties are some of the ones who are very most in the spotlight here as far as food insecurity. Hall County remains right under 20% of the total population food insecure. Right behind that second place is Potter County, right here in Amarillo."

Wilson says they're working on adding more supermarkets in rural areas because for many people grocery stores are up to 100 miles away.

He says the drought, high food prices, and the economy are factors contributing to the growing population of area residents at risk of hunger.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

 

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Group reaching out ahead of summer to warn parents of hot car deaths

    Group reaching out ahead of summer to warn parents of hot car deaths

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 5:07 PM EDT2017-04-26 21:07:04 GMT
    Source:KFDASource:KFDA

    The latest victim of a death by heatstroke after being left in a car, was a child in Texas. 

    The latest victim of a death by heatstroke after being left in a car, was a child in Texas. 

  • TCEQ fines in the area

    TCEQ fines in the area

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-04-26 20:55:25 GMT
    SOURCE: TCEQSOURCE: TCEQ

    The state has assessed three penalties stemming from what it called "violations of environmental laws" in the Panhandle.

    The state has assessed three penalties stemming from what it called "violations of environmental laws" in the Panhandle.

  • Nara Visa borehole meeting in Clovis

    Nara Visa borehole meeting in Clovis

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-04-26 20:14:11 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Clovis residents interested in learning more about the Nara Visa borehole project are invited to a forum to be held Thursday.

    Clovis residents interested in learning more about the Nara Visa borehole project are invited to a forum to be held Thursday.

Powered by Frankly