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PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: On the Table: More PA Schools to Offer Free Meals to All Students

Summary: 

One in six Pennsylvania households with children doesn't have access to enough food - and that while those kids qualify for free meals at school, many aren't taking advantage. A new program aims to change that.

June 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA - It's estimated that one in six Pennsylvania households with children doesn't have access to enough food - and that while those kids qualify for free meals at school, many aren't taking advantage. A new program aims to change that.

Some parents find applying for free school meals uncomfortable, said Julie Zaebst, policy center manager for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, adding that students may feel embarrassed if they feel it's being viewed as "getting a handout."

Field Trip for Food Pantry Coordinators

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:00am
Summary: 

Food pantry coordinators from dozens of programs in Philadelphia come together for their annual field trip. This year's destination: The Green Light Pantry at Casa del Carmen. 

Food pantry coordinators from dozens of programs in Philadelphia come together for their annual field trip. This year's destination: The Green Light Pantry at Casa del Carmen. 

Coordinators will learn more about Casa del Carmen's program, which provides only highly nutritious foods to its clients. Clients also receive free nutrition workshops, medical screenings and other services. 

"No More Cuts" State Budget Rally

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 3:00pm
Summary: 

More budget cuts to basic education, healthcare, and human services are now under consideration in our state capital. Join us as we rally to protect these programs and call for sensible measures to increase state revenues, rather that slash vital services. 

More budget cuts to basic education, healthcare, and human services are now under consideration in our state capital. Another year of cuts will be devastating to these vital programs, the people they serve, and well-being of Pennsylvania. 

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DAILY NEWS: Tapped Out: An intimate look at hardship

Summary: 

The Daily News takes an in-depth look at poverty in the Philadelphia--who experiences it, how we got here and what we as a society can do about it.

May 13, 2014

BY SANDRA SHEA, Daily News Staff Writer

IT WAS dusk, growing dark quickly, so when a man suddenly appeared at my car window in the parking lot of Home Depot, I instinctively moved to lock the door. But he wasn't acting like a predator. For one thing, he was elderly, and he was gesturing urgently, so I opened the door and got out.

"Miss, please," he said, pointing to his mouth, which was twisted in grimace. "I'm sorry. I need help."

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Marketing effort helps city seniors get food stamps

Summary: 

A new report finds that when efforts are made to reduce all red tape from enrolling in SNAP, people do sign up for the program.

April 28, 2014

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

In a rare bit of good news for the poor, a Philadelphia nonprofit increased participation by city seniors in the food-stamp program by using marketing techniques better known to the private sector than the anti-poverty world.

Food-stamp usage among people ages 60 and older grew by 23 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a new report prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the food-stamp program, now known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

NBC NEWS: Recession Not Over for Poor: Families Stretch Food to Last

Summary: 

Despite the end of the recession, a new report finds that 49 million Americans still struggle to afford the food that they need.

April 24, 2014

BY MIRANDA LEITSINGER
After Jaime Grimes found out in January that her monthly food stamps would be cut again, this time by $40, the single mother of four broke down into sobs — then she took action.

The former high school teacher made a plan to stretch her family’s meager food stores even further. She used oatmeal and ground beans as filler in meatloaf and tacos. She watered down juice and low-fat milk to make it last longer. And she limited herself to one meal a day so her kids — ages 3, 4, 13, and 16 — would have enough to eat.

SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE: New federal program reshaping school lunch

Summary: 

Eligible school districts in Pennsylvania and across the country would provide free meals to all students under a program called "community eligibility."

April 14, 2014

By Mark Guydish - mguydish@civitasmedia.com

There is hunger behind the numbers: 22,720 to be precise.

That’s how many public school students in Luzerne County qualified for federally subsidized school lunches last year, according to state data.

For perspective, total enrollment was 43,729, which means slightly more than half of all students came from families with income low enough to qualify for free lunches and breakfasts. And many believe there are more who qualify but do not apply.

April 12: Thousands to take part in Walk+Run Against Hunger

Summary: 

5K event will benefit more than 100 Philadelphia-area food pantries and hunger-relief agencies

April 11, 2014

5K event will benefit more than 100 Philadelphia-area food pantries and hunger-relief agencies

More than 100 local food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies will benefit from this year’s Stroehmann Walk+Run Against Hunger, which takes place Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.