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Food insecurity growing in Bastrop County

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Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry executive director Tresha Silva is one of the many people working tirelessly to solve the issue of food insecurity in the community. Photo by Quinn Donoghue

BASTROP — An increasing number of Bastrop County residents are seeking food assistance and the trend shows no signs of slowing, officials are warning.One solution: Encouraging more local community gardens and sharing the wealth of the soil, volunteers said.According to experts, roughly 12,000 county residents experience food insecurity daily. Food insecurity is defined as not having enough food or failing to meet nutritional needs.Challenges such as poverty, agricultural inadequacies, rapid growth and stigmatization are contributing to the issue.  Tresha Silva, who’s served as the executive director of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry since 2001, said food insecurity in the community ...

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