Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Working for a Better Texas

Last week a diverse group of Texas organizations convened in San Antonio to talk about summer childhood hunger. The Food Research Action Center (FRAC), USDA Southwest Regional Team, Texas Hunger Initiative, Texas Food Bank Network, and CPPP hosted dozens of community-based Texas organizations that  gathered to strategize on improving the reach of the Summer Food […]

Join Us In Welcoming Oliver Bernstein As Our New Communications Director

We are thrilled to announce that Oliver Bernstein will be joining the Center for Public Policy Priorities in mid-April as Communications Director. A fluent Spanish speaker who has lived and worked along the Texas-Mexico border and nationally, Oliver brings more than nine years of  communications experience to CPPP. He most recently directed a grassroots communications […]

The Most Important Meal of the Day Just Got Better for Texas Students & Schools

Rachel Cooper

As schools across the country commemorate National School Breakfast Week, Texas public schools are actively working to provide school breakfast to more students in need thanks to a new law passed in 2013. Breakfast for all is a win-win for students and schools. Studies show that students who are well fed participate more in class […]

CFED Scorecard: Texas Economic Ladder Needs Some Fixin’

Despite an improving national economy, 49.8 percent of Texas households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to the 2014 CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard released today.  The number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has barely budged from last year’s […]

Minimize the Impact of the Hunger Cliff

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan This Friday every household participating in SNAP will see their monthly benefits go down. A family of four will have $36 less each month in their grocery budget. A senior couple on SNAP will lose $22 per month. This may not seem like a lot of money, but for working poor families […]

SNAP Under Attack On Multiple Fronts

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan Federal lawmakers have been debating the reauthorization of the Farm Bill for more than two years now. The SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, has been central in that debate.  During this drawn out reauthorization process, House members’ proposals to cut SNAP have grown in size and harmfulness. On top of […]

Greetings from Ann Beeson, CPPP’s New Executive Director

Working for a Better Texas

Greetings! I am truly delighted to be the new Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. I am very proud to be a Texan. We have so much to build on – the best culture anywhere, a fierce sense of pride, thriving cities, an innovative spirit. I believe in a future for our […]

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 […]

CPPP Announces New Executive Director

Working for a Better Texas

Nationally renowned social justice lawyer and communicator Ann Beeson takes the CPPP helm on Sept. 3. AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce that Ann Beeson has been named Executive Director of CPPP. A nationally renowned social justice lawyer, nonprofit leader, and effective communicator, Beeson brings […]

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 […]