Hunger & Poverty

June 27, 2018

Farm bills have major impact on Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Congress is debating a comprehensive farm bill this summer, and the competing versions offered by the House and Senate could hardly be more different.

The House bill, which was approved earlier this month, would cut funding for food assistance by nearly $19 billion and invest that money in risky new work programs.

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June 16, 2018

Video: Budget cuts threaten to eliminate SNAP

In Louisiana, nearly 900,000 people need help each month to afford food.
June 15, 2018

Budget cuts threaten Louisiana’s largest anti-hunger program

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The Legislature’s stalemate over revenue-raising measures could force the state to opt out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards during the second special session includes a 24.2 percent, or $34.7 million, cut to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) – the state agency that administers SNAP.  Read more...

March 27, 2018

Louisiana’s waiver to the SNAP time-limit is critical during state’s slow economic recovery

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP – is our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program. SNAP benefits, which are funded entirely by the federal government, help more than 400,000 Louisiana households pay for their groceries and afford a basic diet each month.Read more...