NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Those looking for help in the Pineywoods are part of an estimated 1.7 million Texas households that were food insecure last year, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Twenty-five percent of Nacogdoches County's population is below the poverty level. Harvest House director David Fears meets the challenge to keep adequate supplies for food insecure households.
Harvest House is not the only food pantry seeing rising numbers. Nacogdoches Helping Other People Eat is also seeing food demands rise.
"We depend very much on these donations from people in the community," Lee said.
The CEO of Feeding Texas states, "To solve this problem we need to create more opportunities for struggling families to earn a living wage, and increase our investment in programs designed to supplement lower earnings."