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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Editorial: When school is out, many children go hungry

Summary: 

Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change.

July 30, 2013

Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, only one out of seven children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school participates in a summer meal program. While the available data is limited, experts believe many children go hungry during the summer.

Take Back Your Neighborhood community event

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 24, 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.

Oxford Circle Community Festival/Back to School event

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 14, 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.

Aug. 9-10: Nicetown CDC Give Back Festival & Peace Walk

Event Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2013 (All day)
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.nicetowncdc.org.

Drexel University Health Fair

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 2:00pm
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.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Anger in the area over cuts to food stamps

Summary: 

For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program.

July 21, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers - many of them rich - while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program that experts believe keeps poor Americans from starving.

The decision last week comes after conservative Republicans in the House blocked a bill that would have slashed $20 billion from the food-stamp budget, saying the cut was too small.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Filling the gap when there are no free school lunches

Summary: 

An unpaid neighborhood do-gooder, Cooper-Chamberlain distributes free lunch every day at noon during the summer, when school lunches are unavailable.

July 21, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

An unpaid neighborhood do-gooder, Cooper-Chamberlain distributes free lunch every day at noon during the summer, when school lunches are unavailable.

"I can't serve till 12, sweetheart," she told the oldest boy, who displayed the unmistakable demeanor of a hungry child: expectant, quiet, attentive. He wordlessly turned and led the others away.

KYW NEWSRADIO: City, Community Groups Fill School Meals Gap During Summer

Summary: 

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to provide free meals for thousands of kids this summer.

June 28, 2013

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to provide free meals for thousands of kids this summer.

“During the summer, kids that normally rely on free school meals don’t have that support,” says Julie Zaebst, interim executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

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

Summary: 

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

Summary: 

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."