Food Access and Insecurity

Bills that are relevant to food policy, hunger, food access, and food insecurity research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed here.

Food Access and Insecurity

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2019)
HB 209 State Rep. Shawn Nicole Thierry Filed - 11/09/20 A taxable entity qualifies for credit under certain certain conditions. This taxable entity must open a grocery store or healthy corner store in a low income area or a food desert, it needs to accept WIC, and it needs to be open year round. Companion Bill: SB 358
HB 319 State Rep. Drew Springer Filed - 11/09/20 The commission, in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission, will ensure that a person who is at least 18 but younger than 50 who has SNAP benefits, who has no dependents, and who does not have a disability receives supplemental nutrition assistance program employment and training services unless the person is eligible for an individual waiver under the program.
HB 343 State Rep. Briscoe Cain Filed - 11/09/20 A recipient of SNAP benefits cannot use these benefits to purchase an energy drink, a sweetened beverage, a carbonated beverage, candy, potato or corn chips, or cookies.
HB 701 State Rep. Armando Lucio Walle Filed - 11/12/20 The commission shall develop and implement simplified certification and recertification requirements for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits for certain individuals. Companion Bill: SB 224
HB 926 State Rep. Vikki Goodwin Filed - 12/31/20 In determining whether an applicant is eligible for SNAP assistance, the commission shall exclude certain resources.
HB 927 State Rep. Vikki Goodwin Filed - 12/31/20 In determining whether an applicant is eligible for financial assistance, the commission shall exclude certain resources.
HB 945 State Rep. Ramon Romero, Jr. Filed - 1/04/21 The commission by rule shall ensure that an individual whose eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits has been initially established or re-certified remains eligible to receive those benefits for a period of 12 months.
HB 1019 State Rep. Thresa Meza Filed - 1/07/21 The commission shall develop and implement simplified certification and recertification requirements for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits for certain individuals. Companion Bill: SB 224
SB 224 State Sen. Charles Perry Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/12/20 The commission shall develop and implement simplified certification and recertification requirements for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits for certain individuals. Companion Bill: HB 701 and HB 1019
SB 358 State Sen. Borris L. Miles Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 1/15/21 A taxable entity qualifies for credit under certain certain conditions. This taxable entity must open a grocery store or healthy corner store in a low income area or a food desert, it needs to accept WIC, and it needs to be open year round. Companion Bill: HB 209

Food Access and Insecurity Resources: 

1. Child Nutrition Crisis  

2. SNAP Utilization and Eligibility in Texas and Texas Legislative Districts  

3. Impact of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity   

4.  FRESH Austin  

5.  Healthy Food Access Initiative Evaluation Annual Report 

6. What Really Happens When a Grocery Store Opens in a ‘Food Desert’?  

7. What can SNAP buy?   

8. SNAP Food Benefits  

9. Get the Facts: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Consumption  

10. CDC Nutrition Resource Page  

11. Healthier Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners  

12. Healthier Food Retail: Beginning the Assessment Process in Your State or Community  

13. Healthy Food Environments: Improving Access to Healthier Food  

14. Food Security 

15. Feeding America 

16. State of Childhood Obesity Texas