Louisiana Appleseed recruits professionals to donate pro bono time to solve problems at their root cause.
Our goal is to advance social justice by effecting change at the policy, or systemic, level.
Louisiana Appleseed’s projects seek to increase access to education, opportunity and justice.
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BATON ROUGE (June 16, 2014) –Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a new law protecting the interests and needs of vulnerable property owners across Louisiana and tightening laws to protect low-income property owners from predatory partition sales. Act 279, signed into law on May 28, 2014, was introduced by Senator Edwin R. Murray with the help of Louisiana Appleseed and its team of volunteer attorneys, led by Malcolm A. Meyer. The Act passed unanimously through the House and Senate.
Read the full press release here (pdf).
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 now, 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 ensure 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, has written a handbook to inform schools about these programs and to help them determine if taking advantage of Provision 2 and eventually 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. To learn more about this initiative, please visit www.feedmoreforless.com, or click on the pdf of the guide below.
If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of the guide or have any questions about this project, please contact Louisiana Appleseed Program Director, Jessie Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Watch this 4 minute video, produced in conjunction with the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s 2010 Calogero Justice Award. Appleseed thanks the Louisiana Bar Foundation for this honor and for producing this video!