I love this time of year. The leaves turn into a warm array of oranges and reds, the weather calls for warmer drinks, and we get to spend more time with family and friends. For some families the holidays present unique challenges that in the end put additional pressure on our food banks.
Food insecurity remains a major national and state issue as Texans cope with rising rent and health care prices, among many other complex factors. For many community members, the next meal is a choice between food and rent or even childcare.
San Antonio has higher poverty rates compared to the rest of the state and this translates into less accessible stores filled with quality produce. About 25% of children living in San Antonio, or 120,000 kids, are considered food insecure. Unfortunately, compared to other major metropolitan cities, San Antonio also had the second highest rate of food insecurity among the elderly. Many rural communities struggle with food insecurity as well.
Together, we can tackle these numbers and feed members of our community. As I have in years past, I use my November newsletter to bring attention to this and ask those who are able to make a small donation to the food bank to do so by visiting www.safoodbank.org/donate.
Another November staple is our annual Veterans Day reception. This year the event will be held on November 10th, which also happens to be the Marine Corps. birthday! I hope you will join us as we celebrate the contributions of our armed forces.
Lastly, there are a number of propositions on the ballot. These propositions were passed by the legislature and require voter approval. I featured the propositions in my newsletter last month. You can access that review here: http://tiny.cc/Propsinfo. Early voting is underway, and Election Day is November 7th, to find a polling place near you, contact your county or visit www.votetexas.gov.
The holidays are all about meaningful time with family and friends, and I wish you a blessed November and Thanksgiving break.