About Better Living for Texans:
Better Living for Texans (BLT) provides educational programs to food stamp recipients, applicants, and other approved audiences to help improve their ability to plan and prepare nutritious meals, stretch food dollars, and prepare and store food safely.
All programs and materials are FREE of charge and services are available to agencies, schools, and organizations that serve eligible populations.
With the presences of BLT in almost every county in the state, Texas AgriLife Extension Service is poised to reach all of Texas, both rural and urban, and increase the likelihood of meeting the nutrition education needs of under-served Texans.
For additional information, select the BLT Evaluation Report.
Where do these classes take place?
That is one of the great advantages! BLT will come to you. It was designed to be mobile. A BLT group can meet almost anywhere; your community center, housing authority office, apartments, common areas, senior centers, or church facilities.
Who’s Eligible to receive BLT services?
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Recipients
- Families that participate in the Head Start Program
- Families of children who participate in the Summer Food Service Program
- Families who participate in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program
- Families who participate in Commodity Food Distribution site programs
- Individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
- Individuals living at housing authorities
- Individuals receiving food from food pantry or soup kitchens
- Children in schools where 50% or greater of the individuals receive free/reduced meals
- Neighborhood where at least 50% of the residents live at or below 185% poverty level
- Employees of grocery stores (stores in low income areas)
- Employees of businesses that hire/pay minimum wages
- Christian Women’s Job Corps and/or Christian Men’s Job Corps
- Food pantries
- English as a Second Language (ESL) students
Better Living for Texans Curriculum
Series I: Back to Basics
- Reduce Your Stress through Meal Planning and Physical Activity
- Spending Less and Getting More at the Grocery Store
- Keeping Your Food Safe
Series II: Get the Facts….
- Get the Facts on Serving Sizes
- Get the Facts on Fat
- Get the Facts on Sodium
Series III: Three Easy Bites
- Start with Breakfast
- Snack Right
- Enjoy a Healthy Plate
Eat Smart, Live Strong – Program for older adults
- Reach Your Goals, Step by Step
- Challenges & Solutions
- Colorful & Classic Favorites
- Eat Smart, Spend Less
What’s on MyPlate?
Don’t get Bugged from Foodborne Illness
Walk Across Texas
Balancing Food & Play – for use in 3rd grade classrooms
When Can We Start?
Today! Contact the Limestone County BLT program and begin your partnership in creating “Better Living for Texans.” If you are interested, contact Gabrielle Washington at (254) 729-5314