The latest national survey on food insecurity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds Louisiana faring relatively well, even besting the national average.
Louisiana tied with Connecticut for 14th place on the list and ranked highest among states in the South. According to the survey, 11 percent of Louisianans experienced food insecurity during the survey period, 2006-2008. Coincidentally or not, the three states with the highest rates of food insecurity are Louisiana’s contiguous neighbors — Mississippi (17.4 percent), Texas (16.3) and Arkansas (15.9).
According to the DOA, food insecurity occurs when “the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food.” The national average for food insecurity in the survey is 12.2 percent. The rate of food insecurity in the United States in this latest survey was the highest since food security rates were tracked beginning in 1995.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.