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

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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

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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

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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.

Phila. Food Access Collaborative: Community Meeting for Meal Providers

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 6:00pm
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On Thursday, September 26th from 6 - 8pm, the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative will be holding a community meeting of groups that serve meals to people in need.

On Thursday, September 26th from 6 - 8pm, the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative will be holding a community meeting of groups that serve meals to people in need.

If you are a drop-in or emergency meal provider, please join us for an evening of networking and training. We will have a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid present an interactive mini-training on how to help guests or clients that have mental and behavioral health issues.

KYW: Hunting Park Food Pantry Focuses On Providing Fresh, Nutritional Foods To Those In Need

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The Green Light Pantry at Casa Del Carmen Family Center on Reese Street has a focus that many other pantries are not meeting.

September 16, 2013

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The grand opening of a new food pantry in Hunting Park this week highlighted a focus on fresh, nutritional foods.
The Green Light Pantry at Casa Del Carmen Family Center on Reese Street has a focus that many other pantries are not meeting. Julie Zaebst is policy manager of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition Against Hunger Announces New Executive Director

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The Coalition Against Hunger welcome Laura Wall as its new executive director, who joins the organization on Sept. 9. Wall brings more than two decades of nonprofit experience, most recently heading the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance in Montgomery County.

September 3, 2013

(Philadelphia)—The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger is pleased to announce Laura Wall as its new executive director. Wall brings more than two decades of nonprofit experience to the Coalition, most recently heading the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, which provides housing and support services to homeless families in Montgomery County. Wall will begin her new position at the Coalition on Sept. 9, 2013.

Free Meals in Center City and University City, Philadelphia

Several organizations offers free meals to those who need help See the table below for locations and hours of operation.

PUBLIC OPINION: Franklin County area food pantries may see demand increase in November

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Federal funding cuts to SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, is likely to drive up need.

August 27, 2013

Federal funding cuts to SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, is likely to drive up need.

By JIM HOOK

FRANKLIN COUNTY - A federal food assistance program that has become increasingly popular in south central Pennsylvania will be trimmed in November.

To cover the need, food pantries would have to more than double their efforts.

United Way Day of Caring Community Resource Fair

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 10:30am
Summary: 

The United Way Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s annual Day of Caring bring together numerous nonprofits to connect community members with free programs and other resources to meet their basic needs. 

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger will take part in the United Way Day of Caring Community Resource Fair.

The event brings together numerous community organizations to connect community members with free resources and programs that can help them meet their basic needs. Open to the public. 

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Aid cuts will cost families 21 meals

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The loss is for a family of four each month. Nearly three million people in Pa. and N.J. stand to lose out.

August 12, 2013

The loss is for a family of four each month. Nearly three million people in Pa. and N.J. stand to lose out.
By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

Life may get harsher and hungrier for nearly three million people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Nov. 1, when food-stamp benefits will be cut overnight for the first time in U.S. history.