November 2020: Hunger

Social Justice Task Force Monthly Speaker Series & Resources



Resources and Information: 


Monthly Speaker Series: The Impact of Poverty and Hunger in our Weatherford Independent School District (WISD) Community

Speaker: Racheal Rife - Executive Director of Instructional Support at WISD 

What: Racheal oversees the Homeless Program for WISD and has shared with us information on how hunger is affecting families and students in our area.


Did you know nearly 1 in 10 people in Parker County live in poverty and need assistance with food?


The United States Department of Agriculture administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program, previously known as food stamps, is designed to help guarantee

low-income households and individuals access to a basic level of nutrition. 


In Parker County and throughout the country, SNAP households are a major focus of the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted each year by the U.S. Census Bureau. A household in Parker County is a group of people living in a house, apartment, or other housing unit. Households may be family households or non-family households. 


Unlike the Census, which is an exact count of people and households every ten years, ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. For locations with populations under 60,000, the ACS is only available in 5-year estimates, rather than single-year periods. The 5-year estimates provide greater geographical granularity but a less granular time period. Note that the data in this article is presented as counts of households, not of individuals.


3.3k Households (about 10,000 persons) Receive Food Stamps/SNAP from 2014-2018 in Parker County, TX


Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates.


Links: 


https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program

https://www.census.gov/en.html

https://www.census.gov/glossary/#term_Household