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PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE: City schools focus on healthy lunch

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CEP allows over 100 Philadelphia area schools to offer free meals

October 18, 2014

By William Shamlin III

CBS PHILLY: With new fee, some Phila. food stores may stop accepting food assistance

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Beginning this week, neighborhood convenience stores will have to pay a price to accept food stamps

October 14, 2014

By Cherri Gregg

Beginning this week, neighborhood convenience stores will have to pay a price to accept food stamps, thanks to new federal regulations that went into effect last month.

For ten years, the federal government has footed the bill on the swipe-card machines that mom-and-pop grocers use to accept electronic food stamps.  But not anymore.

Additional Background on SB 76

For those who struggle with hunger, SB 76 will make that struggle harder. Consider:

National School Lunch Week

 
This week – Oct. 13-17 – schools are celebrating “National School Lunch Week” (NSLW). Nationwide, many schools are getting involved with the School Nutrition Association’s “Get in the Game with School Lunch” theme, emphasizing the importance of balancing healthy eating and physical activity for children.

National School Lunch Week FAQ's

What is CEP?

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is an OPTION available to “Local Education Agencies” (LEAs) serving children in low-income areas. CEP provides an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying individual household applications for free and reduced price meals. This school year (2014-15) is the first time schools in all states can opt to use CEP.

How Does CEP work?

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Will new federal regulations force bodega owners to shun food stamps?

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A little-noticed change in federal law may hurt small neighborhood grocery stores and their customers who use SNAP

October 13, 2014
By Alfred Lubrano
 
A little-noticed change in federal law may hurt small neighborhood grocery stores and their low-income customers who use food stamps.
 
In 2004, food stamps went digital, switching from paper coupons to electronic cards.

Nourishing Neighbors

Stroehmann, Acme & Giant Pledge Bread Sales to Coalition Against Hunger

For the fifth consecutive year, Stroehmann Bakeries, ACME and Giant have pledged a portion of Stroehmann bread sales this fall to help thousands of families put food on the table in the Philadelphia region.

PRESS RELEASE: Stroehmann, ACME & Giant Pledge Bread Sales to Coalition Against Hunger

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Stroehman, ACME & Giant Kickoff Nourishing Neighbors Campaign to Support the Coalition Against Hunger

September 29, 2014

Nov. 7: Check presentation to take place at Hunger Fighter Awards event

For the fifth consecutive year, Stroehmann Bakeries, ACME and Giant have pledged a portion of Stroehmann bread sales this fall to help thousands of families put food on the table in the Philadelphia region.

JOINT STATEMENT: Beyond SNAP cuts, newly effective Farm Bill provision further limits access to food

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Coalition Against Hunger and The Food Trust: On September 21, 2014 Farm Bill cuts to SNAP resulted in limited access to food in some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable communities.

September 23, 2014

On September 21, 2014 Farm Bill cuts to SNAP resulted in limited access to food in some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable communities.

The  Farm Bill passed earlier this year contained a little-debated provision requiring stores accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to pay for the debit machines and processing fees.  EBT cards are how SNAP recipients receive their monthly benefits.
 

Pennsylvania Poverty Numbers Available

Review and compare the latest poverty numbers broken down at the county level

Census data released on September 18, 2014, as well as recent USDA food insecurity data, reflect the meager income gains for the majority of Pennsylvanians. The state’s 2013 poverty rate remained level, and its rate of food insecurity showed only slight improvement. Each measure remains well above pre-recession levels and show that far too many Pennsylvania households continue to struggle putting food on the table.

Highlights of recent data:

•    Pennsylvania’s poverty rate was 13.7 percent in 2013, the same as in 2012.