InfoGraphic: Texas’s Administration of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

July 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last month, the United States Government Accountability Office released a report entitled “Domestic Food Assistance: Complex System Benefits Millions, but Additional Efforts Could Address Potential Inefficiency and Overlap among Smaller Programs.” The report, an excellent primer for understanding federal nutrition assistance programs, shows that these programs are administered through a complicated and decentralized network of state offices and local providers.

This complexity isn’t by accident; it evolved over time to address client accessibility and comfort, and the delivery and logistics needed to implement these programs.  However, state and federal officials should take a long, hard look at how they might reduce costs and inaccuracies.

The report includes recommendations for the Secretary of Agriculture to help streamline administration and reduce inefficiencies and overlap of federal nutrition assistance programs.

It is morally and economically unacceptable that administrative hoop-jumping worsens the hunger crisis facing hundreds of thousands of Central Texans.

Take action:  Click here to send a message to your Texas representatives asking them to make hunger issues a priority. It’s easy, and only takes a few minutes.



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