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DAILY NEWS: Tapped Out: An intimate look at hardship

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Letter: Corbett serves up tasty policy

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The Coalition, United Way and Jewish Federation praise Pennsylvania's decision to preserve "Heat and Eat" and protect SNAP benefits for hundreds of thousands of residents.

March 23, 2014

Representing organizations that serve thousands of families and seniors across the Delaware Valley who struggle to put nutritious food on the table, we believe Gov. Corbett and state Department of Welfare Secretary Beverly D. Mackereth made the right decision by continuing the state's "heat and eat" program, preserving food assistance for 400,000 ("Gov. Corbett gets centered," March 11). Without the governor's intervention, these families would have faced devastating cuts to their food-stamp benefits, averaging $65 per month.

CENTRE DAILY TIMES: District launches districtwide free breakfast program with eye on students’ health, learning

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Students at one local school district will be able to eat breakfast together every day for the rest of the school year. Philipsburg-Osceola passed a universal breakfast program last week.

March 15, 2014

BY LORI FALCE

Please pass the milk. And the Cocoa Puffs. Hey, are you going to eat that muffin?

Students at one local school district will be able to eat breakfast together every day for the rest of the school year. Philipsburg-Osceola passed a universal breakfast program last week.

Director of Food Services Laura Frye will begin March 25 serving kindergartners through high school seniors every morning, for free. The pilot program will continue through June, and Frye hopes to see it prove successful enough to continue next year.

SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE: Poverty growing in area classrooms

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Poverty is growing in classrooms, as nearly half of the students in Northeast Pennsylvania now qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

March 16, 2014

BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL (STAFF WRITER)

Poverty is growing in classrooms, as nearly half of the students in Northeast Pennsylvania now qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

That number has grown by 19 percent over the last five years, according to data released by the state Department of Education.
"The need is there," said Joseph Gorham, superintendent of Carbondale Area, where 68.6 percent of students - the highest in the region - qualify for the federal lunch program. "It's hard times in Northeastern Pennsylvania."

Welcome Wednesday: Learn about Food Stamps in a SNAP

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 2:00pm
Summary: 

Join the Office of Rep. Brian Sims for a special Welcome Wednesday on how the Farm Bill and other policies affect you and those in our community who need food and nutrition assistance.

Join the Office of Rep. Brian Sims for a special Welcome Wednesday on how the Farm Bill and other policies affect you and those in our community who need food and nutrition assistance.

And find out more abotu SNAP (formerly known as fod stamps) and other citywide food resources.

RSVP to Anna: 215-246-1501