Local Military Families Make up a Quarter of Area Hungry

Published 08/17 2014 09:23PM

Updated 08/17 2014 09:26PM

Wichita Falls Area Food Bank officials say the number of hungry active duty and veteran personnel in this area mirrors those national numbers.

They say the Hunger in America 2014 study, which is officially released tomorrow, is the most comprehensive hunger study ever done in this country.

It shows about 25% of local food bank clients are either active duty or retired military.

Mark McKethan, the executive director of the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, says, "We are seeing a greater and greater need for the military among our pantries: increased uses of food stamps and snap. It's really a shame when you consider there are 55,000 veterans that are currently homeless in the country. We're not doing a very good job taking care of our vets."

McKethan says newly enlisted or young families are among the hardest hit locally.

He says they're often faced with difficult choices like paying for medication, electricity, or food.

Coming up on KFDX 3 News Today tomorrow morning, Mark McKethan will join Ann Arnold and Jon Hansen to detail the Hunger in America 2014 study, what it means for residents, and how you can help make sure everyone in the area has food on their tables.

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