Tribpedia: Food Stamps Program

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the federal food stamps program administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. It helps low-income families buy groceries. Recipients in Texas use the Lone Star card, similar to a credit card, to purchase food items.

Families are eligible for the program if they make no more than 130 percent of ...

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Ag Candidates Weigh In on School Lunch Program

School children at Cantu Elementary in San Juan, Texas, eat their free breakfast, Wednesday April 24, 2013.
School children at Cantu Elementary in San Juan, Texas, eat their free breakfast, Wednesday April 24, 2013.

One of the Texas agriculture commissioner's biggest jobs is running the federally funded school breakfast and lunch program. Read what the Republican and Democratic candidates for agriculture commissioner have to say about the program. 

Robert Lang processes a deer in his butcher shop, Hill Country Fine Meats and Seafood, in Marble Falls.
Robert Lang processes a deer in his butcher shop, Hill Country Fine Meats and Seafood, in Marble Falls.

As Food Programs Are Cut, Deer Hunters Share the Bounty

The Texas Food Bank Network has expanded Hunters for the Hungry, a program that helps hunters donate healthy venison to hungry families. But anti-hunger activists say charity alone cannot make up for last month's federal cuts to nutritional assistance programs.

Tiger Whitehead and his children Logic and Domnick, who use SNAP and the the Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Market double dollars coupons, shopping at the Tuesday afternoon Farmer's Market at 2835 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2013.
Tiger Whitehead and his children Logic and Domnick, who use SNAP and the the Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Market double dollars coupons, shopping at the Tuesday afternoon Farmer's Market at 2835 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2013.

Nutrition Benefits a Mixed Bag for Farmers Markets

About 50 farmers markets around the state take SNAP benefits, WIC benefits or both. The programs are not well utilized, but proponents say it is important to provide as many healthy food options as possible for Texans who use nutrition benefits.

Glenn Foore planting cabbage on Springdale Farm, Austin, Tex. on September 11, 2012
Glenn Foore planting cabbage on Springdale Farm, Austin, Tex. on September 11, 2012

Farm to Table Caucus Advances Local Food Movement

A Democrat from Austin is finding common ground with Republicans and rural Texans. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez and the rest of the Farm to Table Caucus are hoping to reduce barriers to local, healthy food. The first caucus of its kind in the nation, the bipartisan group aims to reduce obesity and the health problems it brings.

Food Banks Worry About Potential Federal Cuts

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A major overhaul of the country’s nutrition and farm program is stalled in Congress. That legislation is set to expire this month. It accounts for close to $1 trillion worth of government spending over 10 years. And the biggest portion of that is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. As KUT’s Nathan Bernier reports, local food banks are worried about proposed cuts to the program.  

Advocates Worry Food Aid Cuts Could Hurt Texas Families

As legislators tinker with what some say is the cornerstone of America's food safety net, some Texans are concerned about what cuts could mean for low-income families, if they come to fruition. Many legislators, though, argue that the food stamp program has grown too large, and become too expensive.

Hunger Study: One in Four Texas Children at Risk

A new study by Feeding America, a hunger-relief charity, says that in 2010, 27.1 percent of Texas children faced food insecurity, defined by the USDA as lacking consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. The release comes as the U.S. House is considering reducing spending on the food stamp program that serves 4 million Texans.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/12/11

Root's scoop on Rick Perry's working retirement, Aaronson maps poverty in Texas, Aguilar on a voting rights warning shot from the U.S. Attorney General, Galbraith on the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking operations, Grissom on the drop in executions, Hamilton and M. Smith on UT-Austin President Bill Powers' rough year, Murphy and Tan and Dehn on the shortage of psychiatrists and Ramshaw on the federal refusal to exclude operators like Planned Parenthood from family planning programs: The best of our best content from December 12 to 16, 2011.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/28/11

Aaronson maps the growth of poverty in Texas, Aguilar on the suicide of an illegal immigrant, Galbraith on the prospect of more rolling blackouts, Grissom on a prosecutor's memory lapse, Hamilton on the prospect of public universities undergoing a sunset review, Murphy's latest awesome redistricting interactive, Ramsey on a stumbling start to the 2012 election season, Root on Rick Perry's latest populist tirade, M. Smith on the boom in for-profit teacher certification programs and Tan on the fight against cervical cancer in ... Africa: The best of our best content from November 28 to December 2, 2011.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/14/11

Aaronson on the sharp rise in the number of Texans on food stamps, Aguilar investigates the Black Market Peso Exchange, Grissom on the humbling of John Bradley, Hamilton on the tweet heard round the world, Ramsey and Murphy on the newest redistricting maps, Ramsey on why Formula 1 screeched to a halt, Ramshaw and Tan scrutinize Rick Perry's attack on congressional insider trading, Root on Perry's plan for a "part-time citizen Congress" and M. Smith on already ugly State Board of Ed races: The best of our best content from November 14-18, 2011.

Photograph of children at a park
Photograph of children at a park

Texas 34th in Child Well-being, New Data Shows

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Texas ranks 34th nationally in childhood well-being, has the third highest teen birth rate and is experiencing a rapid increase in child poverty, according to new numbers released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS Count data center.

State Share of Indigent Defense Costs 2001-2009
State Share of Indigent Defense Costs 2001-2009

Advocates: Texas Indigent Defense Nearing Crisis

Before adopting the Fair Defense Act in 2001, Texas was considered abysmal in legal circles when it came to providing representation for the poor. Proponents and critics of the current system agree the situation has improved since lawmakers started requiring counties to implement minimum representation standards. But has it improved enough?

Advocates: Food Stamps Still Too Slow

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The state is working to get poor Texans food stamps quicker, but it's not fast enough for many families, and too many children are getting their only hot meal at school, according to Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.