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The number of people who have experienced hunger in the U.S. exceeds the combined populations of Texas, Michigan and Maine.

Thousands of military households rely on government food assistance programs, but the Pentagon doesn't track how many service members have trouble feeding their families.

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Texas' prevalence of food insecurity is above the U.S. average, according to 2013-15 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Food insecurity" means that at some point in a year, someone in a household went hungry because the household couldn’t afford food. 

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Last year Texas received almost $60 million for its Summer Meals Program to feed low income children. But most kids just aren’t showing up, leaving many to worry they’re going hungry. But why?

Nearly one-third of households on SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, still have to visit a food pantry to keep themselves fed, according to data highlighted this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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