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Top 10 Spring Charity Races to Have on your Radar

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Stroehmann Run Walk + Run Against Hunger

February 27, 2015
By Emily Leaman

Report: Pa. lags in school breakfasts

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Only 45 percent of low-income children who eat lunch at school in Pa. also eat a school breakfast

February 11, 2015

By Kathy Boccella

Champions of breakfast help Delco school stand out in 41st-place Pa.

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Report shows Pa. trails much of country in terms of school breakfast

February 11, 2015
By Sara Hoover
 
A new report shows Pennsylvania lags behind most of the country when it comes to providing free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch to low-income students.

Penn Wood Middle School recognized for breakfast program

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School in Delaware County lauded for its breakfast program

February 10, 2015
By Kevin Tustin
 
A press conference celebrated the school’s Breakfast in the Classroom program, which has seen breakfast participation in the school jump from 23 percent in the 2013-14 school year, to now over 80 percent.
 
“If Penn Wood Middle School can do that, then every school district, every school building can do that” said Donna Cooper, executive director of Public citizens for Children and Youth.
 
Using this model has reached more students by putting bre

ABC NEWS: Census: 1 in 5 Children on Food Stamps

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Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since 2008

January 28, 2015
By Mary Clare Jalonick
 
Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on food stamp assistance in 2014. The survey was taken last spring.
 
The number of people receiving food stamps — now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — spiked through the recession and has stayed at a higher level since.

PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE: Health Briefs-Dr. Hans Kersten receives award for hunger fighting initiatives

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Dr. Hans Kersten honored at Hunger Fighter Awards

January 14, 2015
Compiled by Ayana Jones
 
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation announces cardiovascular program
 
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation seeks applicants for the 2015 Connections for Cardiovascular Health Program.
The program awards grants from $150,000 to $180,000 to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations engaged in charitable work at the community level in support of its mission of improving cardiovascular health.

Meeting Pennsylvania's Hunger Challenge: A Briefing Paper for Governor-elect Tom Wolf

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The Coalition partnered with nearly 60 organizations to submit a briefing paper on hunger in Pennsylvania

January 5, 2015

 

The Coalition partnered with 57 organizations on a briefing paper for Governor-elect Tom Wolf entitled Meeting Pennylvania's Hunger Challenge. This paper highlights the impact of hunger on children and older residents, the state's effort to fight hunger and how to maximize participating in federal nutrition programs. It also includes reccomendations for actions that Governor-elect Wolf should take once he enters office on January 20, 2015. Click the link below to read the full paper.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: With casinos folding, food pantries are tested

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Casino closures and New Jersey opting out of the Farm Bill's "Heat and Eat" provision has led to unprecedented volume at area food pantries

January 4, 2015
By Suzette Parmley
 
Last year started out bad and only got worse for Jose and Karla Mercado.
 
Both worked at the Atlantic Club and lost their kitchen jobs last January when the casino became the first of four in Atlantic City to close.
 
They're still out of work, and with their unemployment benefits and food stamps exhausted, and their savings nearly depleted, their only relief comes from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey's branch here in Egg Harbor Township.
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HUFFINGTON POST: Another Bite at the Apple: How SNAP Is Making Us a Healthier Nation

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A new study finds that incentives to purchase fruits and vegetables help low-income families eat healthier

December 10, 2014
By Gabe Schwartz & Todd Grindal
 
Americans have never been great about eating their fruits and vegetables. From former president George H.W. Bush to The Simpsons' Todd Flanders, our collective rejection of fruits and vegetables, though often comical, has serious public health consequences. Today, fewer than one in 10 Americans eat their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, foods that -- with their nutritious combination of high water, fiber and vitamin content -- help fill us up and keep our weight down.

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Eagles Fans Swoop in with "Green Light" Foods for Hungry Neighbors

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Eagles fans donate enough healthy food to serve Coalition's Green Light Pantries for several months

December 4, 2014
By Melinda Tuhus
 
The Philadelphia Eagles just wrapped up a month-long online food drive in which fans could purchase healthy foods of their choice that will stock two sites known as Green Light Pantries.
 
Laura Wall, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says these pantries stock only healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat meats and fish.
 
"We've got almost 3,300 pounds of food, so that's going