What happened in the 82nd Legislature in Food Policy?

This session was a great session for food policy. Texas Food Policy Roundtable helped pass bills in each of our four priority areas including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), summer food programs, obesity and nutrition, and sustainable and local foods. Click here for more information about the bills that passed this session! Click here for the bills that we tracked and missed opportunities. 

2011 Legislative Session Recap!

Learn about some of the great bills that passed this session:
 
Summer Food Programs
SB 89 (Lucio/Rodriguez) expands the number of children the state expects to serve in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. The bill increases the number of school districts required to offer the summer meal program by stipulating that districts must offer summer meals if at least 50 percent of their students are eligible for free/reduced lunch. The prior regulation had set the limit at 60 percent of students eligible for free/reduce lunch, so the new law will increase the number of districts required to participate.
 

New Poll: 21% of Texas Households Unable to Afford Enough Food in 2009

First-Ever Data Measures Hunger in Large Cities & Every Texas Congressional District
 
According to new polling data from the Gallup organization, nearly 21 percent of households in Texas reported not having enough money to buy food that they needed for themselves or their family in 2009.

Three Million Texans Visited a Soup Kitchen or Food Pantry in 2009

Food Banks Release New Data Showing 45% Increase in Need; 1.2 Million Children Fed

New Video: Food Policy 101 with Dr. Eduardo Sanchez

8-minute video is a primer on food policy and health with Blue Cross Blue Shield VP and Chief Medical Officer Eduardo Sanchez.

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