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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.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Letter: Corbett serves up tasty policy

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The Coalition, United Way and Jewish Federation praise Pennsylvania's decision to preserve "Heat and Eat" and protect SNAP benefits for hundreds of thousands of residents.

March 23, 2014

Representing organizations that serve thousands of families and seniors across the Delaware Valley who struggle to put nutritious food on the table, we believe Gov. Corbett and state Department of Welfare Secretary Beverly D. Mackereth made the right decision by continuing the state's "heat and eat" program, preserving food assistance for 400,000 ("Gov. Corbett gets centered," March 11). Without the governor's intervention, these families would have faced devastating cuts to their food-stamp benefits, averaging $65 per month.

CENTRE DAILY TIMES: District launches districtwide free breakfast program with eye on students’ health, learning

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Students at one local school district will be able to eat breakfast together every day for the rest of the school year. Philipsburg-Osceola passed a universal breakfast program last week.

March 15, 2014

BY LORI FALCE

Please pass the milk. And the Cocoa Puffs. Hey, are you going to eat that muffin?

Students at one local school district will be able to eat breakfast together every day for the rest of the school year. Philipsburg-Osceola passed a universal breakfast program last week.

Director of Food Services Laura Frye will begin March 25 serving kindergartners through high school seniors every morning, for free. The pilot program will continue through June, and Frye hopes to see it prove successful enough to continue next year.

SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE: Poverty growing in area classrooms

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Poverty is growing in classrooms, as nearly half of the students in Northeast Pennsylvania now qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

March 16, 2014

BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL (STAFF WRITER)

Poverty is growing in classrooms, as nearly half of the students in Northeast Pennsylvania now qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

That number has grown by 19 percent over the last five years, according to data released by the state Department of Education.
"The need is there," said Joseph Gorham, superintendent of Carbondale Area, where 68.6 percent of students - the highest in the region - qualify for the federal lunch program. "It's hard times in Northeastern Pennsylvania."

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: In surprising move, Corbett forestalls deep cuts in food stamps

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Gov. Corbett on Wednesday night forestalled an estimated $3 billion in cuts to food stamps in the state over the next 10 years.

March 6, 2014

By Alfred Lubrano

WITF RADIO: Administration's food stamps decision nets praise from advocates & grocers

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Anti-hunger groups and trade groups are applauding the Corbett administration's decision to prevent a change in federal policy from cutting food stamps for mostly seniors and people with disabilities.

March 7, 2014

By Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief

Anti-hunger groups and trade groups are applauding the Corbett administration's decision to prevent a change in federal policy from cutting food stamps for mostly seniors and people with disabilities.

The administration has not formally announced the change in policy, but Kait Gillis, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Welfare, confirmed the change to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT: Schools scramble to get kids to bite on breakfast

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Data show that only a fraction of students eat breakfast at school – a situation that advocates for the hungry say is especially concerning given recent cuts to food stamp programs.

February 21, 2014

John Finnerty
CNHI Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG — School cafeterias try all kinds of gimmicks to entice students to eat breakfast.

Children in Sharon might pass on cold cereal but gobble up sausage on a stick wrapped in pancake batter, said Alice Connolley, food service director for the city’s schools.

Students in Wattsburg like breakfast pizza – a pizza crust topped with tomato sauce, sausage and cheese – because they can eat it with their hands, said Janet Mullaney, nutrition director for the city’s schools.

DAILY NEWS: Editorial: Can't stomach it

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As it regards the hungry, the Farm Bill is a load of bovine fertilizer.

February 4, 2014

As it regards the hungry, the Farm Bill is a load of bovine fertilizer

THE $8 billion in cuts to the food-stamp program over the next 10 years approved last week by the House in a new Farm Bill is being described as "small." Compared with the total Farm Bill - $950 billion over 10 years - "small" is an accurate term.

But to someone trying to feed a family who may now see food stamps slashed by up to $90 a month, those "small" cuts mean more days of gnawing hunger, of going without the basics, of hungry children.