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“How long can we keep this up?” Food banks are under pressure from Texas’ high level of food insecurity

Inflation, stagnant federal funding for food programs and high housing costs mean that demand at food banks still hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Volunteers from left to right, Evelyn McMillen, Leigh Cox and Victor Surita help to package orders of groceries at El Buen Samaritano food pantry in Austin, Texas on Nov. 14, 2023.

Volunteers and employees at El Buen Samaritano food kitchen in Austin, Texas walk between cars to conduct a demographic survey on Nov. 14, 2023.
Food and supplies are stored at Manos de Cristo food pantry in Austin, Texas on Nov. 13, 2023. Clients typically come to the food pantry once every two months.

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