What is Food Insecurity?
Food insecurity is defined as the lack of consistent access to quality, affordable food.
The Effects of Food Insecurity
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is strong evidence between lack of access and consumption of healthy foods with academic achievement. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased poverty rates and unemployment; all leading to additional hardships (including food access) experienced by family households.
Addressing Food Insecurity in our Community
To eliminate food access barriers and provide non-academic supports for our students, Collaborative Communities has targeted food insecurity as part of its community impact strategy. Specifically, the department prioritizes food for weekends and holiday breaks for designated students. For information on how the District provides Grab & Go meals for the traditional school week, contact the District's Child Nutrition Department.
Partnerships with the Houston Food Bank, community members and community organizations have propelled Collaborative Communities to provide for thousands of families in the District.