Every Wednesday night, they line up a hundred deep or more at the Brighter Days Food Pantry at Leander Church of Christ for a little sustenance and maybe a glimmer of reassurance that better days are indeed ahead.
Families, children, single moms, homeless people. “If they come to our door, we’re going to help them,” Terri Sue Bettis, the pantry’s cheerful coordinator, said this week.
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Poverty among all residents
City /2010-2012 percentage / 2007-2009 percentage
Georgetown, 11.7 / 6.1
Pflugerville, 10.9 / 6.5
Round Rock, 9.5/ 5.8
Leander, 6.2/ 4.2
Cedar Park, 6.6/4.5
Austin, 20.1 / 17.4
San Marcos, 34.4 / 40
Kyle, 5.2/ 8.9
Source: Census Bureau, American Community Survey
About this American Community Survey
The Census Bureau says these three-year estimates represent data collected from a sample of the population over a 36-month period. The results don’t describe any specific day, month or year within that time period. The Census Bureau says the larger, 3-year samples allow it to describe population and housing characteristics in smaller cities and areas with populations as small as 20,000 residents.