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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Editorial: It shouldn't take so long to get food stamps

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Pennsylvania and New Jersey should be ashamed to be among the worst states in the nation in meeting federal rules by getting food stamps to the needy within 30 days.

July 8, 2013

Pennsylvania and New Jersey should be ashamed to be among the worst states in the nation in meeting federal rules by getting food stamps to the needy within 30 days.

Their bureaucratic delays create more hardships for families struggling to put food on the table.

An Inquirer analysis found that New Jersey processes food-stamp applications within 30 days only about 74 percent of the time. Only Guam, Tennessee, Vermont, Hawaii, and Connecticut are worse. Pennsylvania ranked 39th on a list of 53, meeting the federal timeliness requirement only 81 percent of the time.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: A new kind of food pantry opens in Kensington

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A new kind of food pantry for the poor (featuring exclusively healthful foods) debuted in Philadelphia.

June 20, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

On Tuesday, a new kind of food pantry for the poor - featuring exclusively healthful foods - opened in Kensington.

The Green Light Pantry, the first of its kind in the city, promotes healthy eating while batting back hunger.

"I don't eat healthy much," said pantry client Ebony Culbreath, 20, a formerly homeless woman who filled a shopping basket with her daughter, Kaliyah, 2, on Tuesday. "This stuff is outside my comfort zone. But my daughter eats all of it."

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NY TIMES: House Rejects Farm Bill as Food Stamp Cuts Prove Divisive

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Members vote 234-195 to defeat a bill that would have dropped 2 million Americans from SNAP and removed more than 200,000 children from free school meals.

June 20, 2013

House Rejects Farm Bill as Food Stamp Cuts Prove Divisive

By RON NIXON

WASHINGTON — The surprise defeat of the farm bill in the House on Thursday underscored the ideological divide between the more conservative, antispending Republican lawmakers and their leadership, who failed to garner sufficient votes from their caucus as well as from Democrats.

PHILLY WEEKLY: Pennsylvania’s ‘Heat and Eat’ initiative could be cut in the Farm Bill

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"We estimate tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians will be negatively affected if Heat and Eat goes away,” said Coalition Interim Director Julie Zaebst.

May 29, 2013

Hidden among the cuts to the farm bill, which we reported on last week, will be Pennsylvania’s “Heat and Eat” initiative, which allows states to coordinate food and energy assistance programs so the poor don’t have to choose between heating their homes in the winter or eating food.

“Based on information we have about the Heat and Eat program, and how it’s been working so far, we estimate tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians [will be negatively affected if H&E goes away],” notes Julie Zaebst, interim executive director at the Hunger Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

DAILY NEWS: Editorial: Congress pays farmers to grow, but cuts funds for the poor to eat

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In the Farm Bill, "we're paying billions to make sure that food is produced and big agriculture stays profitable, while cutting billions from programs that assure that poor and hungry citizens get food to their own tables."

May 17, 2013

THE CAUSES of poverty are complex and many. One cause, though, is emerging as a dominant factor in the record numbers of people living in poverty: Congress.

This week, both the Senate and the House moved on a new farm bill, which determines the budget and policies for agriculture every five years or so. In addition to agriculture, it also funds the food-stamp program.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: A year later, Pa. food-stamp test called too complex

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The asset test "made getting food stamps so complicated that deserving low-income people became inundated by paperwork and lost their benefits."

May 2, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

One year ago this week, Pennsylvania tied eligibility for food stamps to the assets people possess.
Since then, nearly 4,000 households have lost or were denied benefits because they had too many financial resources, according to the Department of Public Welfare.

In that same time, many more people - around 111,000 households - were denied benefits because they failed to provide proper documentation for the asset test.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: A year later, Pa. food-stamp test called too complex

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

One year ago this week, Pennsylvania tied eligibility for food stamps to the assets people possess.

Since then, nearly 4,000 households have lost or were denied benefits because they had too many financial resources, according to the Department of Public Welfare.

In that same time, many more people - around 111,000 households - were denied benefits because they failed to provide proper documentation for the asset test.

INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Don't need test for food stamps

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Instead of helping people who have fallen on hard times, Pennsylvania made it harder for them to get food stamps, and hundreds of families may be going hungry at times as a result.

May 7, 2013

Instead of helping people who have fallen on hard times, Pennsylvania made it harder for them to get food stamps, and hundreds of families may be going hungry at times as a result.

The state imposed an assets test to determine food-stamp eligibility a year ago. Since then, nearly 4,000 households have lost or been denied benefits after being deemed too wealthy. Another 111,000 households were rejected for failing to provide proper documentation for the test.

THE MORNING CALL: Corbett's asset test finds little abuse in $2.6 billion food stamp program

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"So far the test has not uncovered a lot of fraud. But it has caused a lot of confusion and heartache."

April 27, 2013

Reinstituted test examines applicants' personal wealth and income to determine eligibility.

By Steve Esack and Daniel Patrick Sheehan, Of The Morning Call

It's the question Kathryn Hoffman hates to ask, especially of the elderly people who come into her office looking for help.

Do you have a burial plot? How much is it worth?