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Louisiana Rejected Summer EBT Food Funds for Children

With the USDA’s deadline for 2024 behind us, Louisiana officially rejected the Summer EBT food funds for hungry children. Louisiana’s child advocates have sought clear statements about the reason Louisiana refused to accept federal funds that would have helped feed nearly 600,000 Louisiana children.

Still, Louisiana’s decision to reject Summer EBT is not sitting well with some legislators. Stephanie Grace, staff columnist with The Advocate, describes how the Louisiana Legislature is taking a “fresh look” at the Governor’s decision to reject the federal funds for food for children: Stephanie Grace: Tide turning on summer food program.

Even after the deadline passed, advocates are keeping the issue alive through opinion pieces in Louisiana’s major newspapers. While some elected officials are considering legislation in advance of 2025 to require Louisiana’s participation, other officials report Louisiana’s plan to feed children during the summer of 2024 will be more robust and effective without the Summer EBT funds.

Despite the confusion, it seems clear that all the parties are working to ensure Louisiana’s children do not go without nutrition. While Louisiana rejected Summer EBT, no one sought to harm Louisiana’s children. We in Louisiana are all trying hard to make good things happen, but we see the hunger created by child poverty and potential solutions from different perspectives.

02/01/2024, 2:26 pm:  We have an answer regarding the question, Will Louisiana Refuse Food for Hungry Children?

01/18/2024:  Read our open letter: Will Louisiana Refuse Food for Hungry Children?

Information from other sources

04/13/2024Stephanie Grace: Tide turning on summer food program | Opinion | theadvocate.com

04/11/2024Summer food program for poor children likely to get funding | Local Politics | nola.com

03/22/2024While Jeff Landry refuses to feed children, this New Orleans restaurant is stepping up, Emily Topping, GulfLive.com

03/13/2024Letters: Food aid could help Louisiana children thrive, Patty Kissinger, Letters to the Editor, nola.com

03/12/2024: New Orleans Superintendent Avis Williams: Louisiana missed an opportunity to feed our children | Opinions and Editorials | NOLA.com

02/28/2024: GOP governors face pressure campaign to feed kids in the summer: Louisiana and South Carolina are among the states where advocates are pushing hard to change their governor’s mind.POLITICO

02/24/2024: Governor Landry’s refusal of federal food aid is a misguided display of conservative principles, Prentiss Smith, Opinion, Shreveport Times

02/19/2024Louisiana would be forced to participate in Summer EBT program under proposed law

02/15/2024LA Gov. Jeff Landry rejects EBT money for feeding poor kids, Gambit Commentary, NOLA.com

01/18/2024: Louisiana undecided on federal program to feed kids during summer, KPLCTV.com

01/12/2024: A new program could feed hungry kids over the summer. Will Louisiana join?, Health care/Hospitals | NOLA.com

01/12/2024: La. Dept. of Education declined summer food assistance for children, ktbs.com

01/10/2024: These 15 GOP-led states are rejecting summer food aid for children, The Hill

01/10/2024: Louisiana won’t receive summer meal assistance for children, Louisiana Illuminator

01/10/2024: Louisiana DCFS ‘will formalize’ participation in USDA Summer EBT program for kids later

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