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FOOD POLICY – Feed More for Less

Public schools across Louisiana are now able to provide free meals to all students under the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs through Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option.

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FOOD POLICY – Feed More for Less

Public schools across Louisiana are now able to provide free meals to all students under the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs through Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option. Until recently, Louisiana schools were unable to take advantage of Universal Meal Programs without losing their ability to count students eligible for at-risk funding. Louisiana Appleseed and its community partners worked with the Louisiana Department of Education to amend the policy by which it determines the at-risk count for schools wishing to participate in Universal Meal Programs. The updated policy ensures that schools opting for programs such as Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option will be able to provide free meals to all their students while simplifying their paperwork, streamlining meal service, decreasing school food service costs and, most importantly, promoting good nutrition and helping improve student performance.

Louisiana Appleseed volunteer, Allison Berger Tiller, wrote a handbook to inform schools about these programs and to help them determine if taking advantage of Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option is the right choice for their students. It is intended to provide schools with the pertinent policy information they need to assist them in making an informed decision. The easy guide has been printed and a helpful website developed through the generosity of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Special thanks to the Pennington family foundation for additional funding. To learn more about this initiative, please visit http://feedmoreforless.com/ or click here for the guide.

To date, 341,000 Louisiana students in 741 schools have received lunch under the Community Eligibility Program, for which Louisiana Appleseed volunteers successfully advocated. Louisiana has 72.6% adoption by eligible schools (15th in the nation) and 78% by eligible school districts (7th in the nation). Louisiana had the second largest increase in CEP adoption in 2016-17.   

If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of the guide or have any questions about this project, please call Louisiana Appleseed at 504-561-7304.

Other Food Policy Partners         

Louisiana Appleseed also works with the Louisiana Food Bank Association and the Food Research Action Center on issues related to food policy.

Project Partners: Food Research Action Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Pennington Family Foundation, Louisiana Food Bank Association, Allison Tiller, and Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC.

Feeding More for Less Guide Download

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Enabling Owners of Heir Property to Clear Title, Preserve Wealth and Recover from Disasters

Since 2007, Louisiana Appleseed volunteers have been working on heir property and title issues in Louisiana through legislative advocacy and community education initiatives.

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Enabling Owners of Heir Property to Clear Title, Preserve Wealth and Recover from Disasters

Since 2007, Louisiana Appleseed volunteers have been working on title issues involving inherited property in Louisiana. It has done so through legislative advocacy and by educating community members and policy makers about the serious consequences that happen when people do not take the necessary legal steps to transfer title to homes and land into the name of the person who inherited the property. To learn about Louisiana Appleseed’s heir property accomplishments and about what happens when residents lack clear title to inherited property, please click here.  Please also visit http://www.floodproofla.org/for more information about our Flood Proof: Free Legal Help for Homeowners with Title Problems project.

 

Project partners: Alabama Appleseed, First American Title, Georgia Appleseed, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Civil Justice Center, South Carolina Appleseed, Stanley Ray Trust, Texas Appleseed, Adams and Reese LLP, Jones Walker, The Pro Bono Project, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, LSU Law Center, Southern University Law Center, Louisiana Association of Volunteers Active After Disasters, Malcolm Meyer, Patty McMurray and numerous community groups.

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Protect Your Property - English Download
Protect Your Property - Spanish Download
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