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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: At Community Dinner, Stories of Struggle and Messages of Change

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The Community Table was held ahead of the Papal visit.

September 11, 2015
By Kristen E. Holmes
 
A group of community, business, and political leaders sat across a dinner table Thursday night from residents who don't always have enough to eat.
 
People who have lived with hunger and homelessness shared their stories without a bid for sympathy.
 
"Hunger doesn't discriminate," said Angela "Nike" Sutton, 39, of Northeast Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: While Harrisburg dithers, people suffer

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Policy Manager Kathy Fisher's Op-Ed on the PA budget impasse

September 4, 2015
By Kathy Fisher

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Pope Wants to Help the Poor

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Hunger advocates hope Pope's visit brings change 

August 31, 2015
By Inquirer Editorial Board
 
Let us pray that the biggest impact from Pope Francis' visit doesn't come from selling commemorative T-shirts, candles, mugs, and photo albums. The pope may not mind all the tchotchkes with his image being prepared for sale in anticipation of his arrival.

GENOROCITY.ORG: Philly Food Finder app makes finding affordable food easier

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New food resource offers comprehensive map of emergency food providers in the city. 

August 28, 2015
By Krisen Gillette
 
Twenty-two percent of Philadelphians are food insecure — unsure of where their next meal is coming from.
 
The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council’s Anti-Hunger Subcommittee saw the need for a food resources toolkit that consolidated information about how to get affordable, healthy food in Philadelphia.

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Hunger on the Rise in Philadelphia

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Emergency Food Provider Report shows 9 out of every 10 providers either ran out of or had to provide less food last year.

July 30, 2015
By Greg Stotelmyer
 
Over the past year in Philadelphia one in four people faced times when he or she did not know where to find a next meal. 
 
Tom Mahon, communications manager with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says that's one of the findings from the organization's survey of the region's 700 emergency food providers. 
 
The report also discovered nine out of every 10 providers either ran out of food, or had to provide less to those in n

PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation

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In Philadelphia, 22 percent of children are food-insecure. The city is hoping more families take advantage of free summer meals.

July 18, 2015
By Samantha Weiss and Michaela Ward
 
It’s lunchtime at the Gesu School summer camp, and Laura Weatherby, who leads the summer meal site there, calls up kids by class. Students file one by one to the front of the room to get their cartons of milk and boxed lunches.

MIDWEEK WIRE: Hunger in the Summer

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Rep. Fitzpatrick visits Creekside Summer Camp, supports summer meals legislation

July 18, 2015
By Matt Schickling
 
Parents and children in low-income families rely on schools to provide free or discounted meals, but in the summer often those meals are not there and some children may have to go hungry.
 
Fortunately, there’s new legislation that aims to end that struggle.
 
Introduced in March, The Summer Meals Act (HR 1728) would loosen requirements for federal Summer Meals Programs and remove some of the red tape that discourages organizations from expanding these pro

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Youth Meals Program Restarts in Phila.

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Find the nearest summer meals site by calling 1-855-252-MEAL

June 24, 2015
By Madeline R. Conway
 
Dozens of children were snacking on peaches and eating turkey and cheese sandwiches from box lunches Tuesday when Philadelphia Managing Director Richard Negrin asked them: "How many of you guys have - because I know I have - gone to bed hungry?"
 
Several raised their hands.
 
The gathering at St. Thomas Aquinas School in South Philadelphia was arranged to promote the federal Summer Food Service Program, which was launched Monday in Philadelphia.

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: More PA Children Accessing Summer Meals “But Not Enough”

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New report shows Pennsylvania still has room to grow in summer meals participation

June 5, 2015
By Dan Heyman
 
More low-income children are in feeding programs over the summer, but about 80 percent of those who qualify in Pennsylvania are not.
 
A new report from the Food Research and Action Center found about 200,000 more low-income American children were in the programs in 2014 than in 2013.
 
The rate of increase was even faster in Pennsylvania, but Kathy Fisher, policy manager for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, said the key number is 2

AL DIA NEWS: Shopping with Access/SNAP

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A look into SNAP use in the Philadelphia Latino community

May 21, 2015

By Lucia Tejo

Rochester (New York), May 16, 1939. Mabel McFiggan, a resident of this northeastern city goes down in history as the first U.S. citizen to pay for her purchases at a supermarket with what were, at that time known as food stamps. Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), May 18, 2015. Amada Mejía steps up to the cash register of her usual supermarket in North Philadelphia to pay for her purchases with her Access card, the modern and updated version of food stamps.