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Will Louisiana Refuse Food for Hungry Children?

Will Louisiana refuse food for hungry children? All new political leaders make their first significant decision that reveals their priorities. For the newly formed Landry administration in Baton Rouge, the decision about Louisiana’s participation in the USDA’s Summer EBT program for hungry children will show us how dedicated they are to meeting the needs of children.

Will Louisiana participate in a new program that could feed nearly 600,000 hungry children during the summer? Or will Louisiana pass?

Read our open letter: Will Louisiana Refuse Food for Hungry Children?

Time is running out, but so far, a cryptic message leaves wiggle room and gives advocates reason to wonder whether the Governor will seize this opportunity to stand up for kids. Louisiana’s DCFS spokesperson stated: “The State of Louisiana will formalize its participation with the USDA FNS at the appropriate time.”

To keep you informed, here are links to some recent news stories about Louisiana’s refusal/delay in opting into the program that provides food for hungry children during the summer:

1/18/2024: Louisiana undecided on federal program to feed kids during summer

1/12/2024: A new program could feed hungry kids over the summer. Will Louisiana join? | Health care/Hospitals | nola.com

1/12/2024: La. Dept. of Education declined summer food assistance for children | Louisiana | ktbs.com

1/10/2024: These 15 GOP-led states are rejecting summer food aid for children | The Hill

1/10/2024: Louisiana won’t receive summer meal assistance for children – Louisiana Illuminator

1/10/2024: Louisiana DCFS ‘will formalize’ participation in USDA Summer EBT program for kids later

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