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VOX: Less than 1 percent of food stamps go to ineligible people

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Attacks on food stamps for being full of waste and fraud are fairly commonplace, but it's completely factually incorrect.

July 8, 2014

By Dylan Matthews

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Summertime, the hungriest days of the year

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But, experts say, this is the hungriest time of the year for low-income families whose children are out of school and often are not eating breakfast or lunch.

July 2, 2014

When people think about helping the hungry at holiday time, they're picturing Thanksgiving or Christmas - not the Fourth of July.
 
Few do-gooders donate turkeys in 90-degree weather.
 
But, experts say, this is the hungriest time of the year for low-income families whose children are out of school and often are not eating breakfast or lunch.
 
That's why Vanessa Poe has been feeding kids this summer at the Lee Taliaferro Library in Darby Township.
 

PHILLY.COM: Free summer meals available for kids in Philadelphia region

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To find a nearby site, call the toll-free Philly Summer Meals Hotline at 1-855-252-MEAL or text "MealPA" to 877877.

June 26, 2014

Anna Nguyen | Nutrition

With school now out, thousands of children who receive free and reduced school breakfast and lunch are at risk of missing meals this summer. But free summer meal programs are out there to help kids stay healthy until school starts again.

6ABC: Free Summer Meals for Philly Kids

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The Coalition kicked off a free summer meal campaign in Philadelphia to ensure no kid goes hungry while school is out.

June 16, 2014

The Coalition Against Hunger kicked off a free summer meal campaign in Philadelphia.

By Katherine Scott
Monday, June 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Breakfast challenge shows positive results at schools

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A statewide effort to get more students to eat breakfast is yielding surprisingly positive results.

June 14, 2014

A statewide effort to get more students to eat breakfast is yielding surprisingly positive results.

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

In a recent contest, Philadelphia's Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, a middle school, beat out 900 other Pennsylvania schools in the so-called School Breakfast Challenge.

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: On the Table: More PA Schools to Offer Free Meals to All Students

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One in six Pennsylvania households with children doesn't have access to enough food - and that while those kids qualify for free meals at school, many aren't taking advantage. A new program aims to change that.

June 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA - It's estimated that one in six Pennsylvania households with children doesn't have access to enough food - and that while those kids qualify for free meals at school, many aren't taking advantage. A new program aims to change that.

Some parents find applying for free school meals uncomfortable, said Julie Zaebst, policy center manager for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, adding that students may feel embarrassed if they feel it's being viewed as "getting a handout."

DAILY NEWS: Tapped Out: An intimate look at hardship

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The Daily News takes an in-depth look at poverty in the Philadelphia--who experiences it, how we got here and what we as a society can do about it.

May 13, 2014

BY SANDRA SHEA, Daily News Staff Writer

IT WAS dusk, growing dark quickly, so when a man suddenly appeared at my car window in the parking lot of Home Depot, I instinctively moved to lock the door. But he wasn't acting like a predator. For one thing, he was elderly, and he was gesturing urgently, so I opened the door and got out.

"Miss, please," he said, pointing to his mouth, which was twisted in grimace. "I'm sorry. I need help."

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Marketing effort helps city seniors get food stamps

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A new report finds that when efforts are made to reduce all red tape from enrolling in SNAP, people do sign up for the program.

April 28, 2014

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

In a rare bit of good news for the poor, a Philadelphia nonprofit increased participation by city seniors in the food-stamp program by using marketing techniques better known to the private sector than the anti-poverty world.

Food-stamp usage among people ages 60 and older grew by 23 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a new report prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the food-stamp program, now known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

NBC NEWS: Recession Not Over for Poor: Families Stretch Food to Last

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Despite the end of the recession, a new report finds that 49 million Americans still struggle to afford the food that they need.

April 24, 2014

BY MIRANDA LEITSINGER
After Jaime Grimes found out in January that her monthly food stamps would be cut again, this time by $40, the single mother of four broke down into sobs — then she took action.

The former high school teacher made a plan to stretch her family’s meager food stores even further. She used oatmeal and ground beans as filler in meatloaf and tacos. She watered down juice and low-fat milk to make it last longer. And she limited herself to one meal a day so her kids — ages 3, 4, 13, and 16 — would have enough to eat.

SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE: New federal program reshaping school lunch

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Eligible school districts in Pennsylvania and across the country would provide free meals to all students under a program called "community eligibility."

April 14, 2014

By Mark Guydish - mguydish@civitasmedia.com

There is hunger behind the numbers: 22,720 to be precise.

That’s how many public school students in Luzerne County qualified for federally subsidized school lunches last year, according to state data.

For perspective, total enrollment was 43,729, which means slightly more than half of all students came from families with income low enough to qualify for free lunches and breakfasts. And many believe there are more who qualify but do not apply.