Nearly 2 million households in Texas are considered “food insecure” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On Wednesday, the USDA released a study of how many American households either cannot easily afford or have limited access to food. That study found that 14 percent of Texas households were considered food insecure through 2017. That compares to a national average of just below 12 percent.
J.C. Dwyer, chief strategy officer at Austin-based hunger advocacy group Feeding Texas, says food insecurity happens when families need to choose between food and other expenses. And that’s a choice 1.7 million Texas households are making.