Navigators is Here! Texas Impact

December 16, 2011
Submitted by Bee on Thu, 12/15/2011 – 10:58am

You Lobbied for the Bill, Now Sign Up for the Program

Did you know…in 2010, Texas families lost out on an estimated $3.5 billion in food assistance because they weren’t signed up for SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) even though they were eligible. In many cases, those families relied on local food pantries week after week. Charitable contributions were strained, families were food insecure, and grocery stores missed out on needed business.

In the 2011 legislative session, Texas Impact led the call for a new partnership between state agencies and local communities to enroll eligible Texans in food assistance and health care programs. HB 2610 established a program, Application Assistance Navigators, to recruit and train faith and community-based organizations to provide assistance using, the state’s online enrollment system. Read more about the bill here

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Number of Texans Receiving Food Stamps Up Sharply Amid Recession

December 6, 2011

by Becca Aaronson  November 10, 2011

The number of Texans receiving federal food assistance — commonly known as food stamps — has increased by nearly 1.4 million in the last four years. Nearly 15 percent of Texans now receive food stamps, and many more than that are eligible.

More than 3.7 million Texans — more than half of whom are children — receive food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a federally funded program administered by the state Health and Human Services Commission.

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Updated: Interactive Map of Food Stamp Distribution and Economic Impact

December 6, 2011

by Becca Aaronson  December 6, 2011

More than 1.5 million Texas families* will receive food stamps from the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in December. The number is down by about 3,500 from November. But overall, the number of Texans receiving food stamps has continued to increase over the last few years, a trend most experts attribute to the national recession. The nearly $450 million in benefits distributed by SNAP in December will have an estimated economic impact of $800 million in Texas, according to Tribune calculations based on a 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

The state Health and Human Services Commission, which administers SNAP in Texas, has made changes to the program in recent years to make it more accessible to low-income Texans. But one-third of those eligible still do not receive benefits from SNAP, according to the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. For more information on changes to the program and the challenges it faces, read a related story here.

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