Hunger in Louisiana: The SNAP Story Bank Project

by Sakeenah Shabazz, Emerson National Hunger Fellow 

I am a visiting Emerson National Hunger Fellow who has been working at JSRI for the last six months. While here, I was tasked with highlighting the impact of SNAP in Louisiana through a written analysis and by gathering and sharing the real experiences of people who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As the project comes to a close, I would like to reflect on the importance of collecting stories and how they can be used to create change.  

The SNAP Story Bank Project, at its core, is an attempt to understand the current state of hunger and food insecurity in Louisiana through both data and personal stories. It’s not difficult to see that hunger and food insecurity are major problems in the state. In 2016, Louisiana ranked 49th in overall household food insecurity, with 18.4% of all households having low or very low food security. Even worse, the child food insecurity rate in Louisiana reached 24.5% in 2014. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was designed to combat hunger and food insecurity and 855,000 Louisiana residents rely on the program to purchase food each month.  


Ms. Mary Baudouin is the lead JSRI liaison to Louisiana groups, assisted by other staff as appropriate.

Louisiana JustSouth Articles

End Capital Punishment Now: In Support of SB 142 and HB 141-- Mitchell[JustSouth Monthly, April 2017]

Fact Sheet: Impact of ACA Repeal in Louisiana 

Blood, Floods, and the Future: Summer 2016 Baton Rouge Perspective -- Mitchell [JustSouth Monthly, September 2016]

Our Better Angels: Senate Committee Rejects Effort to Scapegoat Immigrants--Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, June 2016]

From Sea to Shining Sea, We Welcome Thee: New Orleans Welcomes Syrian Refugees--Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, January 2016]

Give Louisiana Workers The Gift They Truly Deserve: A Raise--Donovan [JustSouth Monthly, December 2015]

Katrina and the Least Among Us: A ten year retrospective ­ Part 1-- Kammer [JustSouth Monthly, August 2015]

Katrina and the Least Among Us: A ten year retrospective ­ Part 2-- Kammer [JustSouth Monthly, September 2015]

Bread or Stones? Louisiana congregations challenge child poverty--Bustamante [JustSouth Monthly, July 2015]

Get Smart Louisiana: Reforms Open Way for Smarter, Comprehensive Sentencing in the Future--Mikulich [JustSouth Monthly, June 2015]


Louisiana's $1 Billion Giveaway: Giveaways cost the U.S. taxpayers $50 billion a year--Kammer [JustSouth Monthly, December 2014]

Out of Control: Pope Denounces Criminal Justice System-- Mikulich [JustSouth Monthly, November 2014]

Is Amnesty a Dirty Word? --Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, October 2014]

My Job Is To Know Their Name: Serving Homeless Guests in Downtown New Orleans--Fitzgerald [JustSouth Monthly, August 2014]

"We Belong to Each Other" Forgetting Our Oneness at a Town Hall Meeting--Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, June 2014]

When Italians Were "Others" The 1891 Lynching in New Orleans-- Weishar [JustSouth Monthly, March 2014]

Immigration Reform in Retrospect: Lessons Learned, Lives Changed--Weishar [JustSouth Quarterly, Spring 2013]

Taxing the Poor: The Regressive Nature of State-Local Tax Systems--Kammer [JustSouth Quarterly, Spring 2013]

Execution Halted: Time to End the Death Penalty--Mikulich [JustSouth E-newsletter, March 2013]

Ash Wednesday Execution: Executing Life and Human Dignity--Mikulich [JustSouth E-newsletter--January 2013]

Louisiana's Historic Opportunity to End the Death Penalty and Affirm Life--Mikulich [JustSouth Quarterly--Fall 2011]

Testimony of Dr. Susan Weishar on HB342 in the Louisiana House on enforcement of E-Verify [May 10, 2011].

Latino Immigration in New Orleans--Vásquez [JustSouth Quarterly, Spring 2010]

Where Y'at, Fair Housing?—Mikulich [JustSouth Quarterly, Winter 2009]

The death penalty in Dixie--The enduring legacy of the Confederate flag and racism—Mikulich [JustSouth E-Newsletter, February 2011]

The Jury is Still Out: Criminal chaos or community justice in Orleans Parish—Mikulich [JustSouth E-Newsletter, November 2010]

Post-Katrina New Orleans: A Welcoming Community? (2010 Conference)

Louisiana Incarceration Rate Highest among 50 states [JustSouth E-Newsletter, May 2009]