SNAP

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...

September 13, 2019

Food insecurity is falling in Louisiana, but is still among the highest rates in the nation

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The percentage of households in Louisiana that lack consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle has dropped significantly in recent years, according to the latest data from the U.S.Read more...

May 23, 2019

Louisiana Worst in the Nation for Senior Hunger

Whitney, a 65 year old Mississippi woman interviewed for MAZON’s This Is Hunger project, tells a story emblematic of how seniors in the South often experience hunger: After a lifetime of work, Whitney was left with few resources when she suddenly lost her job.Read more...