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—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 […]

211 Data: Austin-area residents struggling to make ends meet

We believe that every Texas family has the right to live a safe and healthy life. That means stable housing, nutritious food on the table, and access to a good education and training for the jobs of today . . . and tomorrow. Recent data from the United Way of Greater Austin’s 211 Navigation Center […]

The Curious Case of No-Charge School Breakfast–How Serving More for Less Pays Off

Texas school cafeterias served over 300 million breakfasts in the 2011-2012 school year to an average of 1.6 million kids per day across over 8,000 campuses. Yet even with such high numbers, only 60 percent of students receiving free or reduced-priced lunch receive breakfast. The financing of the School Breakfast Program makes it feasible to […]

Lege Update–What’s happening with SNAP?

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan  It’s been a busy couple months at the Texas Capitol and a handful of bills related to SNAP (formerly food stamps) have been filed. Some of the bills aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of SNAP in its mission to ensure that Texans don’t go to bed hungry at night. Several […]

Report: Strong School Breakfast Program in TX, Universal Breakfast Would Feed More Children

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan Two reports released today by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) show that Texas schools continue to serve a relatively high percentage of eligible students with the federal School Breakfast Program (SBP).  Compared with all 50 states, Texas ranked 7th overall for the number of children reached by the SBP.  On […]

2013 Lege–SNAP and WIC

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan More than 3.5 million Texans, including nearly 2 million children, rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure that they don’t go to bed hungry at night. Although the program has long been a reliable and effective part of the safety net, the importance of SNAP was magnified in the […]

2013 Lege–Universal School Breakfast

Last school year Texas’ school cafeterias served an astonishing 300 million breakfasts.  But remarkably, that only covered 60 percent of the students who received free or reduced price lunches during the same year. This means that nearly one million of Texas’ low-income children who qualify for breakfast are not receiving it each day. The School […]

New School Meals: Nutritious and Delicious

By Jeanie Donovan Going through the cafeteria line this year, Texas kids will notice some major changes to the foods on their school lunch tray.  Thanks to the new USDA School Nutrition Guidelines, public school students will be offered more whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and fresh fruits than ever before.  In addition, school districts […]