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The profits of neighborhood corner stores are being impacted by a new food stamp regulation.
The Deomocrat would also work to reestablish General Assistance
Beginning this week, neighborhood convenience stores will have to pay a price to accept food stamps
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.
A little-noticed change in federal law may hurt small neighborhood grocery stores and their customers who use SNAP
JOINT STATEMENT: Beyond SNAP cuts, newly effective Farm Bill provision further limits access to food
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.
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.
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's poverty rate remains the highest among the nation's ten largest cities, despite dipping slightly to 26.3 percent.
By Alfred Lubrano
Thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision, more students in Pennsylvania will receive free meals this school year
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