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Jewish Communal Action Against Hunger

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:30pm
Summary: 

Please join the Kehillah of Old York Road for special program about hunger issues and we all can advocate.

Please join the Kehillah of Old York Road for a special program:

You will about:

  • pressing public policy issues surrounding hunger locally, statewide and nationally
  • advocacy and how we as a community can make a profound difference
  • how to become an advocate against hunger in our community


Presented by the Coalition Against Hunger, Mazon, Jewish Federation Center for Social Responsibility and supported by the synagogues of the Kehillah of Old York Road

 

TECHNICALLY PHILLY: 22% of Philadelphia is food insecure, highest rate in Pa.

Summary: 

A new report visualizes statistics on hunger and related statistics on Pennsylvania's 67  counties.

March 22, 2013

By Juliana Reyes / STAFF WRITER

Twenty-two percent of Philadelphians are “food insecure,” meaning they at times lack access to enough food for a “healthy, active life,” according to a recent report from the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. That’s the highest rate of food insecurity across the whole state.

Visualize that statistic and compare other counties’ hunger statistics (like the number of food stamp, or SNAP, participants and more) with this interactive map from the Coalition.

BUCKS COUNTY COURIER-TIMES: Report: Financial recovery doesn't put food on the table

Summary: 

Wall Street is back on track, but that hasn’t helped put food on the table for an estimated 86,926 Bucks and Montgomery county residents still on food stamps, according to latest report from the Coalition Against Hunger.

March 25, 2013

By James McGinnis Staff writer

Wall Street is back on track, but that hasn’t helped put food on the table for an estimated 86,926 Bucks and Montgomery county residents still on food stamps, according to latest report from the Coalition Against Hunger.

One in 17 Bucks and Montgomery county residents receives nutritional assistance from the government, according to latest State of Hunger: Pennsylvania report released Friday.

The number of locals on food stamps edged up slightly, with 37,965 Bucks residents in the program — an increase of 355 over the prior year.

THE SENTINEL: Food stamp participation spikes in Central Pennsylvania

Summary: 

A new report on statewide participation in SNAP says Cumberland County has the highest percentage-increase in the program.

March 22, 2013

Naomi Creason
City Editor

A new report on statewide participation in the food stamps program says Cumberland County has the highest percentage-increase in the program, though area officials note the county is still in good shape compared to the rest of the state.

NEWSWORKS: Map of Pennsylvania food insecurity by county

Summary: 

WHYY looks at a new report from the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

March 21, 2013

By Shannon McDonald

Philadelphia has a 22 percent "food insecurity" rate.

That number is 13.7 in Delaware County, 9.7 in Chester County, 10.5 in Montgomery County and 10.1 in Bucks County, and represents the amount of people who have trouble accessing food and meeting the healthy diet standards of the USDA. The figures are part of the Coalition Against Hunger's "State of Hunger: Pennsylvania 2013" report, which evaluates food needs and access by county, and looks at the number of people getting food assistance in the state.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Editorial: Must cut roots of deep poverty

Summary: 

It is unconscionable that Philadelphia has more people in what's called deep poverty than any other city among the nation's 10 largest.

March 24, 2013

It is unconscionable that Philadelphia has more people in what's called deep poverty than any other city among the nation's 10 largest.

Almost 13 percent of city residents earn less than $5,700 a year for individuals, or $11,700 for a family of four, according to an analysis by The Inquirer and Temple University sociologist David Elesh. Poverty-line earners are paid twice as much, making these 200,000 Philadelphians the poorest of the poor.

DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL: Stamped Out: It's time for Gov. Corbett to reverse his SNAP misjudgment

Summary: 

Advocates, like the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, worry that the elderly are disproportionately being cut off because of asset tests.

March 19, 2013

A FOOD STAMP is not an actual stamp. It's a plastic ATM-like card loaded with a dollar value of, on average, $66 a week.

A food stamp is also a litmus test that divides two groups: those who see food stamps as a government handout to lazy BMW-driving scamsters, and those who see food stamps as a critical helping hand to the vulnerable. If you actually get food stamps, your view is much simpler: They may be the difference between eating and starving.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Of big cities, Phila. worst for people in deep poverty

Summary: 

Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty of the nation's 10 most populous cities. Sometimes, SNAP (food stamps) is all people have.

March 19, 2013

Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty - people with incomes below half of the poverty line - of any of the nation's 10 most populous cities.

The annual salary for a single person at half the poverty line is around $5,700; for a family of four, it's around $11,700.

Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.9 percent, or around 200,000 people.

Phoenix, Chicago, and Dallas are the nearest to Philadelphia, with deep-poverty rates of more than 10 percent.

DAILY NEWS: John Baer: Corbett's cuts SNAP program

Summary: 

"The Corbett administration policy of requiring asset tests for food stamps sounds a lot better than it actually is."

March 18, 2013

By John Baer, Daily News Political Columnist

THE CORBETT administration policy of requiring asset tests for food stamps sounds a lot better than it actually is.

Put in place last May, it ostensibly preserves government resources for the neediest while insisting that those with their own resources use them.

Seem sensible?

In fact, it's a restrictive step, shunned by most states. It needlessly punishes already-struggling low-income citizens, and it won't save Pennsylvania money.

But it is consistent.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Food pantry serves growing hunger in suburbia

Summary: 

Amid the lawn grass and grace of a middle-class patch of Montgomery County, families aren't getting enough to eat.

March 12, 2013

Alfred Lubrano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Amid the lawn grass and grace of a middle-class patch of Montgomery County, families aren't getting enough to eat.

So people crowd each week into the Seeds of Hope food pantry in Dresher, part of Upper Dublin Township, where, outwardly anyway, all seems well.

"The need is here," said Jim Galloway, a nondenominational Protestant minister from Abington Township who can find only part-time work and uses the pantry to get by. He was visiting Seeds of Hope to find food for dinner for his 64th birthday that day.