Fighters' Network

2014 Summer Meals Hotline Report

More calls, more texts, and more children served

The Coalition again managed a Summer Meals hotline this year that made it easy for people to call or text and find a location for their child to receive a free meal. We received over 300 calls and more than 1,300 texts that connected more than 4,000 Philadelphia children to a meal in the summer. 

PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE: Food stamp regulations squeeze corner stores

Summary: 

The profits of neighborhood corner stores are being impacted by a new food stamp regulation.

October 24, 2014
By Ayana Jones
 
The profits of neighborhood corner stores are being impacted by a new food stamp regulation.
 
For the last 10 years, the federal government has been paying for the swipe-card machines retailers used to accept: Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Due to a change in federal law, retailers must now pay to continue using the card readers.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Wolf says he'll end food-stamp asset test if elected governor

Summary: 

The Deomocrat would also work to reestablish General Assistance

October 24, 2014
By Alfred Lubrano

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

 
From Oct. 13-17, 2014 schools celebrated “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. This message is important not only for kids, but for communities.

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.