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JEWISH EXPONENT: Time to do the Wishes

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Where to volunteer around Philly during the holidays

November 30, 2015
By Marissa Stern
 
With the holidays right around the corner, you might be starting to get in the giving spirit.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Jobless Rate Puts Some at Risk for Food Stamps in Pa.

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About 30,000 people in Pennsylvania could lose their food stamp benefits early next year

November 2, 2015
By Kate Gianmmarise
 
About 30,000 people in Pennsylvania could lose their food stamp benefits early next year — about 8,000 of them in Allegheny County — due to the return of a three-month limit on assistance for unemployed or underemployed adults ages 18 to 50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children.
 
The change is due to a requirement in the 1996 welfare reform law that hasn’t been in effect for many years because of high unemployment rates during the recession.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Among the 10 largest cities, Philly has highest deep-poverty rate

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Deep poverty is measured as income of 50 percent or less of the poverty rate.
 

September 30, 2015
By Alfred Lubrano
 
Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty among America's 10 biggest cities, an examination of federal data by The Inquirer shows.
 
The city is already the poorest in that group.
 
Deep poverty is measured as income of 50 percent or less of the poverty rate.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Census: Poverty level steady in Philadelphia, drops in Camden

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Philadelphia remains the poorest of the nation's ten largest cities.

September 17, 2015
By Alfred Lubrano
 
Philadelphia remained the poorest of America's 10 largest cities in 2014, with more than one quarter of its residents - 26 percent - living below the poverty line.
 
At the same time, Camden recorded a seemingly significant drop in poverty in 2014 from 42.6 percent to 36.5 percent - a change experts had a hard time explaining.
 
Both findings were mined from the massive data trove known as the American Community Survey 1-Year Estimate, a product of the U.S.

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.