Chipping Away at Food Insecurity in Texas

Rachel Cooper

Last week the United States Department of Agriculture released its Household Food Security in the United States in 2015 report. This annual report highlights the disturbingly high rate of Texans who struggle to afford enough food for a healthy diet. This year’s report actually shows some good news. The end of the recession and the […]

Free Meals for All Students through the Community Eligibility Provision

Rachel Cooper

Kids and parents might be focused on summer fun right now, but school leaders are busy making plans for how to make next school year a success. That’s where the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) can help. Through CEP, high-need schools can provide all of their students with free meals—both breakfast and lunch—without having to collect […]

Keep Students Fueled with Free Meals after Class

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This week CPPP released Afterschool Meals: Keep Students Fueled with Free Meals after Classes, a new fact sheet to help school administrators, nutrition directors, and parents better understand the benefits of the Afterschool Meals Program (also known as “CACFP At-Risk”). With this program, schools can provide a free meal and/or a snack to kids involved […]

Community Eligibility Provision Feeds One Million Kids Daily

Rachel Cooper

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) means that over 1 million Texas public school students now receive free breakfast and lunch each day. This new tool makes school meal signups easier and increases revenue for schools. CEP is now in place at over 1,648 schools in Texas, making the Lone Star State the national leader in […]

Former Drug Offenders Gain Access to Food Assistance

Rachel Cooper

As of September 1, Texans with a felony drug conviction in their past are now potentially eligible to receive food assistance benefits thanks to the passage of SB 200 during the 84th Legislature. The new law ends Texas’ old policy of permanently disqualifying anyone with a felony drug conviction that occurred after August 22, 1996 […]

Food Insecurity in Texas Improving but Still High

Rachel Cooper

When we think of lists Texas rates high on, the hunger list isn’t one that usually comes to mind. And yet, according to the recently released United States Department of Agriculture’s annual Household Food Security Survey[i]  17.2 percent of Texas households experience food insecurity, meaning they cannot always afford enough nutritious food to support a […]

Photo ID on Lone Star Cards Expensive, Unnecessary

Rachel Cooper

Today the House Human Services Committee will hear several bills that would require Lone Star EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards, used by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, to have a photo ID of the cardholder. Proponents argue these bills will reduce fraud rates, which are already exceptionally […]

Drug Testing TANF Recipients Costs More than It Saves

Rachel Cooper

In the last few months state legislatures across the country have introduced bills designed to force people in greatest need to prove they are “worthy” of receiving support. Sadly, Texas is no different. The House Human Services Committee is set to hear several bills, including HB 352 by Representative Ken King, requiring drug screening for […]

Kinship Care: Keeping Kids with Families

Rachel Cooper

253,000 Texas kids live with family or close friends who have stepped in to care for them when their parents aren’t able. These arrangements, known as “kinship care,” provide stability and familiarity for children at vulnerable times, but often create financial hardship for the caregivers. A number of resources are available, but current systems make […]

Aug 31 Deadline Approaches for Schools to Opt In for Free Breakfast and Lunch

Rachel Cooper

Nearly 3,500 high-poverty Texas schools now have an opportunity to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without having to collect cumbersome school meal applications thanks to a new federal option called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). But school districts need to act fast. The deadline for schools to opt in is August 31. […]