Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
A North Texas Congressman has been going hungry in Washington, D.C. Marc Veasey, who represents parts of Dallas and Tarrant Counties, has only been eating on the amount of money allowed through the SNAP food assistance program.
An advocacy group says only two-thirds of Texans who may be eligible for food stamp assistance received the benefits in 2011.
More older Texans apparently struggling to make ends meet have been turning to food stamps. According to reports published Monday, the state’s fastest-growing group receiving food stamps is those ages 60 to 64.
The bad economy is taking its toll in some unexpected places. Collin County has seen a sharp increase in the number of people needing food stamps, and in the number of people who are now homeless.
In offices across North Texas, and the state, more and more people are lining up to try and get help feeding their families. Applications for SNAP, or food stamps, are up 70-percent in just two years.
Activity at the Tarrant Area Food Bank warehouse in Fort Worth is nearly nonstop. People pack food into boxes then stack them. They drive forklifts to loading docks where the boxes are shipped to food pantries and food banks in 13 North Texas counties.