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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
By Jeanie Donovan To promote the successful rehabilitation and reentry of ex-drug offenders, Texas must join the 41 states that have passed legislation eliminating or modifying the ban that prevents former drug felons from receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.