Hunger & Poverty

December 5, 2018

Record Number of Eligible Louisiana Schools Provide Meals to all Enrolled Students this School Year

This school year every student in more than 1,000 Louisiana schools – including almost all of the highest-poverty schools in the state – will walk into the lunchroom knowing that there is a hot, nutritious meal waiting for them regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.Read more...

September 25, 2018

Louisiana households among the least food secure in the nation

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More than 1 in 6 Louisiana households (17.3 percent) struggle each year to afford a consistent, healthy diet, according to a report released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And while the nation as a whole has seen significant improvements in household food security since the recession, the number of Louisiana families struggling to afford enough food increased over that same period.… Read more...

August 12, 2018

Fewer people need food stamps each month, as Louisiana’s economy strengthens

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has a proven track record of helping families weather times of financial hardship, but the program’s effectiveness in fighting hunger and poverty is threatened by harmful changes proposed in the House version of the federal farm bill.Read more...

June 27, 2018

Senate farm bill would keep families from going hungry

Congress is debating a comprehensive farm bill this summer, and the competing versions offered by the House and Senate could not be more different. The Senate bill, which faces a vote on the floor this week, would protect and enhance federal agriculture and nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps ensure that low-income families have enough food to eat each month.Read more...