Through HB 2994, HB 2996, and HB 2997 (Miles/Estes), the Legislature opened up new directions for future work on the related issues of hunger, nutrition, economic development and local environmental planning.
SB 89 (Lucio/Rodriguez) expands the number of children the state expects to serve in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. The bill increases the number of school districts required to offer the summer meal program by stipulating that districts must offer summer meals if at least 50 percent of their students are eligible for free/reduced lunch. The prior regulation had set the limit at 60 percent of students eligible for free/reduce lunch, so the new law will increase the number of districts required to participate.
On April 29th, the Texas Food Policy Roundtable (TFPR) hosted Farm to Capitol: Growing a Healthy and Equitable Texas Food System. At this event, legislators, advocates, and organizations that are working to implement good food policy attended a legislative briefing and an open house with these organizations.