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The Lead: Plans to address food scarcity in Texas


Kim Aaron with the North Texas Food Bank recaps Tuesday's hearing where farmers and activists addressed lawmakers.

"Pretty much very consistently we tend to have a third world perspective [of food scarcity]. Very thin, bones showing through, white-eyed children with bloating stomachs," Aaron said. "Unfortunately, in our community, you need to just look at the person next door to see what hunger looks like."

The North Texas Food Bank provide access to about 90,000 meals a day that's estimated to only meet about a third of the need.

Aaron says she's in favor of some of the testimony given Tuesday, which suggested Texas lawmakers pass laws legislation that helps increase the amount of farmers markets and community gardens. 

Also on Friday's program, a Delta County youth minister prepares for his fifth visit to tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. The visit will come just two weeks after citizens there remember the 161 lives lost on the one year anniversary of the deadly storm. 

And how a native Northeast Texan is making a name for himself in Major League Baseball. Jerrod Knight has that report.

The Lead is the exclusive news magazine of Northeast Texas, heard Fridays at 9 a.m. with a rebroadcast Saturdays at 10 a.m.