Thursday, February 4, 2010

Guest Blogger: Deputy Commissioner Drew DeBerry

I participated in a press conference this week, which was hosted by the Capital Area Food Bank to announce a new study by Feeding America that shows an increasing number of Americans rely on food banks. The study shows in Texas, food banks serve about 3 million people annually.

This new information coupled with the fact that Texas leads the nation in children who are food insecure is simply unacceptable. We at the Texas Department of Agriculture are focused on implementing solutions by working with partners, such as schools, churches, food banks and home-delivered meal providers.

Commissioner Staples established the Texans Feeding Texans initiative to recognize and call to action public-private partnerships under a singular and focused goal of improving the health of all Texans. Through this initiative, the Commissioner has issued a formal challenge to all Texas mayors to join this fight against hunger by accepting the TDA Mayors Challenge and increase the number of summer meals provided to children in Texas through assistance programs administered by TDA. Call your mayor and encourage their acceptance of this important challenge.

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