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February 8, 2019

Proposed SNAP Changes Would Harm Louisianans Facing Greatest Economic Barriers


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Regardless of where they live or what they look like, Louisianans work hard to take care of their families. But due to historic and continuing discrimination, people of color in Louisiana face greater barriers to economic opportunity than their White neighbors.Read more...

December 5, 2018

Record Number of Eligible Louisiana Schools Provide Meals to all Enrolled Students this School Year

This school year every student in more than 1,000 Louisiana schools Рincluding almost all of the highest-poverty schools in the state Рwill walk into the lunchroom knowing that there is a hot, nutritious meal waiting for them regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.Read more...

December 4, 2018

Food banks are struggling to provide food

When conservative politicians push for work requirements as a condition of receiving food benefits, they often argue that food banks can step in to fill any gaps created if people lose government assistance. But as the holiday season kicks into high gear - traditionally a high point for giving - the shelves at many Louisiana food banks are bare, partly because food assistance has been going to areas that were hit by recent disasters. Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards are calling for donations.

Number of the Day

$1.44 trillion - The amount of outstanding student loan debt in America, an increase of $37 billion in the third quarter of 2018. (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York via Bloomberg)
June 27, 2018

Senate farm bill would keep families from going hungry

Congress is debating a comprehensive farm bill this summer, and the competing versions offered by the House and Senate could not be more different. The Senate bill, which faces a vote on the floor this week, would protect and enhance federal agriculture and nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps ensure that low-income families have enough food to eat each month.Read more...