Rachel Cooper, Director of Health & Food Justice

Rachel Cooper oversees health care policy for Every Texan. She joined Every Texan in 2012 with a focus on food and nutrition programs as well as obesity. Before joining Every Texan, she worked for the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) where she was in charge of research and data analysis and authored reports such as the School Breakfast Scorecard, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, and State of the States. Cooper also worked for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), in their New York office, where she focused on helping families gain access to programs that provide work supports, such as tax credits, Medicaid, SCHIP, and food stamps. Cooper received her Masters in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Rachel's Recent Work

Testimony Supporting SB 1914

Every Texan supports HB 1914 by Blanco as it will reduce hunger in Texas by updating the state’s outdated vehicle asset limits for the Supplemental

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Testimony Supporting HB 2641

Every Texan supports HB 2641 by Rodriguez as it will reduce hunger in Texas by updating the state’s outdated vehicle asset limits for the Supplemental

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Testimony Supporting HB 1449

Every Texan supports HB 1449 by Romero, Jr. as it aligns the cash and vehicle asset limits for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and

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Testimony Supporting HB 1230

Every Texan supports HB 1230 by Ortega as it will reduce hunger in Texas by updating the state’s outdated vehicle asset limits for the Supplemental

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Testimony Opposing HB 3425

Every Texan opposes HB 3425 by Slawson as it would further stigmatize the poorest Texans by imposing an unnecessary drug test on parents and grandparents

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Testimony Supporting HB 116

Every Texan supports HB 116 by Minjarez as it removes barriers to supplemental financial assistance for vulnerable children being raised by kin who are struggling

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Testimony Supporting HB 1353

Every Texan supports HB 1353 by Ortega as it will reduce child hunger in Texas by ending the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) full

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Policy Areas
  • Nutrition & Benefit Access
  • SNAP
  • TANF
  • Kinship
  • School Meals
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