USDA: 1 in 5 Texas Households Struggles to Afford Food; Rate Projected to Rise

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report that finds that 1.7 million low-income households in Texas struggle to afford enough food. The report, titled Household Food Security in the United States in 2012, shows that, on average, one in five Texas households reported food insecurity between 2010 and […]

Back to School (Meals)

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan For many of the five million school children in Texas, returning to the classroom this week means more than just a new teacher and a new grade. It also means returning to regular and balanced daily meals.  Although the federal Summer Food Service Program is intended to keep children from going hungry […]

In 90 Days Hungry Texans Will Have Fewer SNAP Benefits

Rachel Cooper

On November 1, four million Texans will see a cut in their food assistance benefits when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is set to expire. In a new report using the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Center on Budget and Policy […]

In Farm Bill Debate, No Clear Path for SNAP

Rachel Cooper

That’s the big question these days for anyone interested in food and nutrition policy.  The simple response is “which Farm Bill?” Since the 1970’s federal farm and nutrition policy has been set every 5 years with the reauthorization of a new Farm Bill.  Typically the Farm Bill is where rules and funding for SNAP (food […]

2013 Lege Wrap-Up: SNAP

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan During the 2013 legislative session, legislators filed 26 bills related to SNAP (formerly the food stamp program). Although SNAP is 100 percent federally funded, state lawmakers do have the ability to make administrative changes to the program. Of the filed bills, only two were sent to the governor to sign into law. […]

Farm Bill Update from the Food Team

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan The US Senate and House Agriculture Committees approved separate versions of a new five-year farm bill and both pieces of legislation include damaging cuts to SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp program). Both the House and Senate versions make significant reductions in federal spending and address inefficiencies in agricultural programs. However, their treatment […]

To Improve Financial Stability of SNAP Households, TX Should Remove Asset Test

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan When a Texas family is struggling to make ends meet or having trouble keeping food on the table, they may turn to SNAP (formerly food stamps) to help them through that difficult economic time.  Like most safety net programs, SNAP is “means-tested” to ensure that only applicants with limited resources receive assistance. […]

OPED–Lawmakers have an opportunity to do more for Texas kids

“When it comes to funding priorities for Texas children, legislators appear to be facing similar tough choices as they work to finalize the state budget. The Senate and House have proposed 2014-15 budgets that, at first glance, seem to highlight different priorities for Texas kids. For example, the House proposes more state money, about $1 […]

OPED—Child Nutrition Starts First Thing In The Morning

“Texans want our public schools to prepare children to be ready for college or to make a living after high school. Texans have lots of ideas about how to make sure that happens. But lost in all the talk about school funding, student testing and teacher accountability is one relatively simple step proven to work […]

Hearing Last Week Offers First Step towards Eliminating Destructive SNAP Policy

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan About a month ago, we released a report that outlined the harmful impact of Texas’ lifetime ban on SNAP (food stamps) for ex-drug offenders.  The paper also highlighted the opportunity for the Texas Legislature to opt out of the dated federal law in order to increase food security and reduce recidivism in […]