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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Food stamp cuts to hit Pa. harder

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A proposed $8 billion in cuts to the food stamp program in the federal farm bill would fall disproportionately on recipients of the program in Pennsylvania and about a dozen other states.

January 30, 2014

By Kate Giammarise / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- A proposed $8 billion in cuts to the food stamp program in the federal farm bill would fall disproportionately on recipients of the program in Pennsylvania and about a dozen other states.

The U.S. House approved the compromise, five-year farm bill, 251-166, Wednesday, setting up likely final passage by the Senate, which is expected to take up the bill later this week.

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Breakfast Is Served! But More PA Students Could Be at Table

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Each school day in Pennsylvania, just over 600,000 low-income students sit down to a free or reduced-price school lunch, but a new report reveals fewer than half of them are taking part in school breakfast programs.

January 24, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Each school day in Pennsylvania, just over 600,000 low-income students sit down to a free or reduced-price school lunch, but a new report reveals fewer than half of them are taking part in school breakfast programs. 

The Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard ranks Pennsylvania 39th in the nation for school breakfast participation, which means many more children could be served.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Food Banks Anticipate Impact of Cuts to Food Stamps

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Food banks across the country are making similar preparations, increasing efforts to prepare for the increased demand even as donations decline. Moreover, they say, they do not have enough staff to meet all the requests.

January 22, 2014

By RON NIXON

WASHINGTON — Late last year, staff members at the Capital Area Food Bank here began fielding requests for larger deliveries from the dozens of soup kitchens and food pantries that it supplies as more and more people showed up seeking help.

The food bank said it was not unusual to see a surge before Thanksgiving or Christmas. But this time the lines were caused not by the holidays but by a $5 billion cut to the federal food stamp program that took effect in November when a provision in the 2009 stimulus bill expired.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Proposed cuts would hit low-income people in Pa., N.J.

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Low-income people living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and 13 other states - many of them seniors and the disabled - may lose billions of dollars in food-stamp benefits while the rest of the country is spared.

January 1, 2014

By Alfred Lubrano
 
Low-income people living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and 13 other states - many of them seniors and the disabled - may lose billions of dollars in food-stamp benefits while the rest of the country is spared.
 
That's because Congress is considering restricting states' ability to operate the "Heat and Eat" program, antihunger advocates say.
 

DAILY LOCAL: Number of Chester County children in poverty spikes 55%

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“As parents lost their jobs or had their hours reduced, SNAP was there to make sure their children didn’t go hungry,” said Julie Zaebst of the Coalition Against Hunger.

December 2, 2013

By Kendal Gapinski, Daily Local News

Childhood poverty in Chester County has dramatically increased from 2008 to 2012, according to a new report released by the Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

The report, which was released on Monday, says that child poverty has increased in the county by 55 percent since the start of the recession, the highest in the region.

According to PCCY, Bucks County had an 18 percent increase in the number of children living in poverty from 2008 to 2012, while Delaware County saw an increase of 30 percent.

DELAWARE COUNTY TIMES: Childhood poverty has increased by 30 percent in Delaware County since 2008

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More than 21,000 children are living in poverty, a total that equates to 16.7 percent of all Delaware County children. Nearly half of them are living in deep poverty — $11,755 annually for a family of four.

November 26, 2013

By John Kopp, Delaware County Daily Times
Posted: 11/25/13, 12:35 PM EST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

POLITICO: Farm bill talks intensify

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Farm bill talks intensified Wednesday night even as a new report showed that food stamp expenditures are already beginning to fall as a share of the economy — a downward decline that’s expected to accelerate over the next five years.

November 20, 2013

By DAVID ROGERS

HUFFINGTON POST: Philadelphia Eagles Moving the Ball Forward in the Fight Against Hunger

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The link between poverty and poor food choices has been well established. The Coalition Against Hunger reports 70 percent of households that use food pantries struggle with hypertension, diabetes or heart disease.

November 12, 2013

By Christina Weiss Lurie
Co-owner, Philadelphia Eagles

SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE: Despite perceptions, food stamp fraud low in state

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"The state should be trying to improve access to SNAP rather than make it harder for people to enroll by adding unnecessary red tape," said Ronna Bolante, a spokeswoman for the Coalition.

November 11, 2013

BY JAMES HAGGERTY (STAFF WRITER)
Published: November 11, 2013

The rate of food stamp fraud in Pennsylvania apparently is about one-fifth of the national average.

The state's pursuit of illegally obtained or traded benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in recent years amounts to a fraction of the nation's 1.3 percent fraud rate, data provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General indicates.

SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE: Local food stamp use soars 75% in five years

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The expansion in food-stamp rolls occurs as benefits were reduced this month after targeted federal economic stimulus funding expired and Congress appears prepared to cut SNAP funding.

November 11, 2013

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area exploded by 75 percent between 2007 and 2012

BY JAMES HAGGERTY (STAFF WRITER)
 
The number of households receiving federal assistance under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program ballooned to 35,256 in 2012 from 20,195 in 2007, Census Bureau data reveal.