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INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Riding a wave of partisanship

Summary: 

The number of Americans receiving food stamps has increased dramatically in the wake of the recession and the federal stimulus act, but researchers have found that the added costs are in keeping with the expected effects of joblessness.

October 1, 2013

Jason Greenslate has become America's most prominent public figure who favors a do-rag and surfing slang since Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, the hitchhiking Internet hero turned New Jersey murder suspect. Greenslate's transgressions are less criminal than culinary: Fox News' cameras captured him buying supermarket sushi and lobster (albeit "on special," he noted) with his food-stamp card.

DAILY NEWS: Editorial: Surf's down

Summary: 

The expiration of a stimulus boost to SNAP benefits will mean that a family of three will have $29 a month less to spend on food. If that seems minor to you, you clearly aren't suffering.

September 27, 2013

PERHAPS one silver lining of the House of Representatives' massive cut to the federal food-stamp program last week is that the myth of the lazy, fancy-car-driving welfare queen is no longer operative. Instead, Republicans have created a new myth to illustrate their contempt for people receiving public benefits: garage-band-playing surfer dudes who get food stamps instead of looking for work.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Anxiety as stimulus hike in food stamps set to end

Summary: 

A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.

October 10, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.

Food stamps -- actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- go to 47 million Americans a month, almost half of them children and teenagers.

"Every week is a struggle as it is," said Heidi Leno, 43, who lives in Concord with her husband, 9-year-old daughter and twin 5-year-olds. "We hate living paycheck to paycheck and you have to decide what gets paid.

Food Pantry Map

Find your nearest food pantry in Philadelphia using the map below.

To search by address, click on the "full screen" icon at the top right of the map.

Important: Hours of operation and other information are subject to change. Before visiting any food pantry, call the phone number listed to make sure the program is open.

Questions? Contact the Coalition Against Hunger: 215-430-0556.

SNAP screenings at Aramingo & Castor ShopRite store

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 11:00am
Summary: 

Coalition staff will provide free information on SNAP (food stamps), food pantries, and other programs that can help people afford more nutritious food for their households.

Coalition staff will provide free information on SNAP (food stamps), food pantries, and other programs that can help people afford more nutritious food for their households.

Join us to learn more and to gather information from other providers at this free community event.

LaSalle Community Health Fair

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 12:00pm
Summary: 

Coalition staff will provide free information on SNAP (food stamps), food pantries, and other programs that can help people afford more nutritious food for their households.

Coalition staff will provide free information on SNAP (food stamps), food pantries, and other programs that can help people afford more nutritious food for their households.

Join us to learn more and to gather information from other providers at this free community event.

For more info, visit http://clubs.lasalle.edu/collegian/?p=1612

Senator Stack Senior Expo

Event Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 10:00am
Summary: 

Coalition staff will provide free information on SNAP (food stamps), food pantries, and other programs that can help people afford more nutritious food for their households.

Coalition staff will provide free information on SNAP (food stamps), food pantries, and other programs that can help people afford more nutritious food for their households.

Join us to learn more and to gather information from other providers at this free community event.

For more info, visit www.senatorstack.com/senior-expo-2013

WHYY NEWSWORKS: Pa. Republicans explain 'no' votes on food stamp cuts

Summary: 

Two of Pennsylvania's congressional representatives broke ranks with the Republican caucus Thursday over food stamp funding.

September 20, 2013

BY EMMA JACOBS

Two of Pennsylvania's congressional representatives broke ranks with the Republican caucus Thursday over food stamp funding.

Congressmen Mike Fitzpatrick and Patrick Meehan voted against cutting $40 billion over 10 years to the program now called known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Other House members largely voted for or against the bill along party lines.

Meehan of Delaware County said he shared concerns by members of his party that a safety-net program was becoming a widely used "entitlement program."

DAILY LOCAL: Two county Reps vote for cuts to food stamps

Summary: 

One of the three Republican congressmen who represent residents in Chester County voted against a measure to slash $40 billion from the national food stamp program over the next decade.

September 21, 2013

By Kendal Gapinski, Daily Local News

One of the three Republican congressmen who represent residents in Chester County voted against a measure to slash $40 billion from the national food stamp program over the next decade.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Planned cuts in food stamps decried

Summary: 

The vote by the House of Representatives on Thursday to slash billions from food stamps has rocked local advocates for the poor, who see the move as a potential blow to people already struggling to survive.

September 22, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

The vote by the House of Representatives on Thursday to slash billions from food stamps has rocked local advocates for the poor, who see the move as a potential blow to people already struggling to survive.

At the same time, advocates praised four local Republican congressmen who bucked their party and voted against the cuts.

And, during a lively day of reaction Friday, the majority of listeners to a popular Philadelphia-area radio show lauded the bill as the right thing to do.