Snap Campaign

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

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

Summary: 

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.

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

Summary: 

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.

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

Summary: 

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.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Number of poor in N.J. spikes; Philadelphia shows small drop

Summary: 

Philadelphia's poverty rate remains the highest among the nation's ten largest cities, despite dipping slightly to 26.3 percent.

September 18, 2014

By Alfred Lubrano

THE MEADVILLE TRIBUNE: Some schools to offer free lunch to all kids

Summary: 

Thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision, more students in Pennsylvania will receive free meals this school year

September 11, 2014