SNAP

January 26, 2021

New College Student SNAP Access

Despite compelling evidence of high levels of food insecurity among college students, SNAP (formerly, Food Stamps) has long excluded full-time students from eligibility for food assistance benefits unless they meet certain narrow qualifications. During the pandemic, while college students have had an even harder time meeting their basic needs, two of the main qualifications that students have traditionally used for SNAP access — working at least 20 hours a week or receiving a work-study award — have become far less available, as the economy has slowed and campuses have transitioned to virtual instruction.… Read more...

October 1, 2020

$42 million in federal food aid per month at stake in emergency declaration debate

The Covid-19 recession has driven hunger in Louisiana to unprecedented levels: More than 1 in 6 Louisiana adults and 1 in 5 adults with children reported that their households couldn’t afford enough food to eat each week during the pandemic, according to U.S.Read more...

August 12, 2020

Summer Meals for Healthy Kids: Enhancing Louisiana’s Summer Food Service Program

Click here for a PDF of Summer Meals for Healthy Kids: Enhancing Louisiana’s Summer Food Service Program

Authors’ Note
This report was researched and written prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the pandemic has substantially changed the options for Louisiana children looking for healthy meals over the summer.Read more...

July 21, 2020

How Congress can help Louisiana’s recovery

Congress reconvenes this week at a critical moment for our country. Record numbers of Americans are unemployed, and are facing the imminent loss of federal benefits that have helped them make ends meet. State and local governments are facing massive budget shortfalls that threaten their ability to educate children and keep communities safe.Read more...