Hunger & Poverty

March 31, 2020

A change in Louisiana’s SNAP rules could keep families above water

As businesses closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, tens of thousands of laid off Louisiana workers turned to SNAP (better known as Food Stamps), to help their families keep food on the table. But for thousands of families that had managed to put aside modest savings toward things like a security deposit for a safer apartment or a down payment on a reliable car, food assistance remains out of reach.Read more...

March 13, 2020

Louisiana’s food assistance programs are a key part of the state’s coronavirus response

During economic downturns, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly, Food Stamps) provides an important boost to the economy as well as to those who are hungry. SNAP benefits allow people who become unemployed and underemployed to keep food on the table, and the money that SNAP recipients spend at grocery stores allows those stores to keep more of their employees on the payroll for more hours.Read more...

October 29, 2019

Questions for the candidates

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Gov. John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone will meet for their first – and likely only – head-to-head debate on Oct. 30 (Louisiana Public Broadcasting from 7-8 p.m.).Read more...

September 26, 2019

Poverty Drops (slightly) in Louisiana

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The percentage of Louisianans living in poverty decreased slightly in 2018 from the previous year, according to U.S Census Bureau data released Sept. 26. The gains were even more pronounced among children, particularly children of color, according to the 2018 American Community Survey.Read more...