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Cover shot, Craddock Hall on the university campus.
Jerrod Knight

Food insecurity can lead to health and social maladies and can affect some groups that you may not expect. KETR’s Jerrod Knight visits a food pantry that exclusively serves students enrolled in college at a northeast Texas four-year university.

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Federal food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, dodged a bullet recently, at least temporarily, when the USDA announced that federal food assistance dollars will flow through February.

But here in Texas, that that could create a different problem.

Feeding America
Feeding America

Nearly 2 million households in Texas are considered “food insecure” by the US 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.

Serving And Hungry: How A Federal Rule Keeps Some Military Members From Food Aid

May 10, 2018
Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media
Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media

A Texas congressman wants a change in the upcoming Farm Bill that would exempt the first $500 a month from military members' basic housing allowance. He says it will help. Hunger advocates disagree.