Texas Joins Growing Movement to Remove Felons’ Barriers to Food Stamps – Governing, June 26, 2015
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed a law containing an amendment making people with felony drug convictions eligible for SNAP benefits if they finish their sentences and comply with the terms of their parole. Before the law, drug convictions in the state carried a lifetime ban on SNAP benefits. The change means that people will not be “held hostage for a crime that they did and paid for decades ago,” said Rachel Cooper, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities. The law goes into effect September 1. “We’re hopeful that this will help part of the vulnerable population get on their feet and be successful,” said Celia Cole, CEO of Feeding Texas.
USDA Proposes Healthier Fare for Child, Adult Day Cares – ABC News/AP, June 27, 2015
For the first time in nearly 50 years, USDA is proposing to overhaul the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), through a proposal that includes more vegetables and less sugar in order to stem rising child obesity rates. The guidelines were developed with guidance by experts. The changes were called for in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. About 3.8 million young children, and 120,000 elderly or disabled adults, are fed daily by the program through day-care centers and senior programs. The USDA has proposed new requirements that would not boost food costs for providers. Geri Henchy, director of nutrition policy for FRAC, is concerned over the rising obesity rates. “Something has got to happen” she said, noting that teachers have told her some children are too overweight for playground swings. “That is bad from a predictive point of view, but it’s also not good from a getting around point of view.”