USDA: About 1 in 7 Texas households struggle with food insecurity
Texas is the one of the most food insecure states in the nation, according to a USDA report released last week.
This report comes after President Trump's proposal to change who qualifies for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), potentially cutting food stamp benefits from about three million people.
It is used by nearly 40 million Americans, according to the USDA.
South Plains Food Bank CEO David Weaver said this administration needs to focus more on real solutions to fighting food insecurity, and less on politics.
"Those people we are serving are some of the most vulnerable in our community. As we go forward with this debate and we discuss that, I think it's important that we consider -- who is impacted by decisions like this and what that impact has on those individuals, but also what impact that has on us, as a community," Weaver said.
While a critical program for low-income families, Weaver said SNAP's purpose is largely misunderstood.
"When you think of SNAP, you just think -- you're giving away food to people, how do we know they need it? But the reality of the SNAP program is that 50 percent of the recipients are children. About 10 to 12 percent of the recipients are seniors, and about 10 percent are people with disabilities who are unable to work," Weaver said.
The public comment period for the proposed rule to modify the SNAP program ends on September 23.