(KCEN) -- Texas ranks third in the nation in food insecurity.
That means last year, one in six families did not know where their next meal was coming from.
But hundreds of professionals spent the last two days trying to solve the state's hunger issues.
They met at Baylor for workshops on policy and programs.
Many of the programs available to people in need come from Waco, where 25 percent of the population is considered in poverty.
It's a problem that's not getting better and it's a problem the people at the Regional Hunger Summit hope to change.
Jeremy Everett of the Texas Hunger Initiative said, "I really believe that poverty will be the issue our generation is judged by just like during the Civil Rights Era that generation is judged by what they did or didn't do on civil rights."
Supporting local programs including free breakfast and lunch for students is one way we can help.
Lately kids have complained that the new, healthier school lunches don't fill them up, but Everett says that means we need to find creative solutions, like healthy snacks between meals, to fix the problem.