North Texas Food Bank Funds SMU Hunger Study

The North Texas Food Bank is funding a study by SMU economics researchers on what role social networks and isolation play in fighting hunger with a $120,000 grant.

Recent studies have found that household economic resources are not the only factor in food insecurity, according to Thomas Fomby, SMU professor of economics and director of the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies.

The Texas Hunger Initiative found that 27 percent of food-insecure residents in Dallas County are ineligible for most nutrition assistance programs because their incomes exceed the poverty level. In contrast, 56 percent of households with children and an income below the poverty level were not food insecure.

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