Hunger & Poverty

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...

March 19, 2018

Policy brief: HB 284 and SB 245 would ensure students receive proper nutrition and prohibit “lunch shaming”

Click here for a PDF version of this brief.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation, with nearly 1 in 4 Louisiana children living in a household that doesn’t have enough food to eat throughout the month.Read more...

September 29, 2017

As SNAP celebrates 40th anniversary, President Trump and House Republicans propose major cuts to program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which turns 40 years old this week, is America’s largest and most comprehensive nutrition program. Although it’s threatened by budget cuts, the program continues to help Louisiana families make ends meet and put food on the table.Read more...

September 14, 2017

Louisiana families continue to struggle

The poverty rate in Louisiana for adults and children remained unacceptably high in 2016 even as other states saw significant improvements. New U.S. Census data released Thursday also show that Louisiana continues to have one of the highest rates of income inequality in the United States.