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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.
 

KYW Newsradio: Cuts In Federal Food Assistance Start Friday; More Cuts On The Horizon

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Recipients of the SNAP will see their benefits reduced, starting Friday, because stimulus funding that bolstered monthly payments is ending.

October 29, 2013

By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Recipients of the federal food assistance program known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will see their benefits reduced, starting Friday, because stimulus funding that bolstered monthly payments is ending.

And it could be a preview of more cuts to come.

“When you don’t make enough money even to pay the bills, it’s something you can rely on; it helps out as a crutch, “says Jay, an underemployed actuary who graduated college in 2010 — a tough year.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Pa. welfare secretary to reconsider asset test for food stamps

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A Corbett administration official said she is "rethinking" the food-stamp asset test, a controversial measure that ties the federal benefits people receive to their bank accounts and car ownership.

October 24, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

A Corbett administration official said she is "rethinking" the food-stamp asset test, a controversial measure that ties the federal benefits people receive to their bank accounts and car ownership.

Department of Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth made the statement during a meeting with The Inquirer's editorial board Tuesday.

Her remark represents a potential sea change in how the administration views dealing with the poor, advocates say.

INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Riding a wave of partisanship

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The number of Americans receiving food stamps has increased dramatically in the wake of the recession and the federal stimulus act, but researchers have found that the added costs are in keeping with the expected effects of joblessness.

October 1, 2013

Jason Greenslate has become America's most prominent public figure who favors a do-rag and surfing slang since Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, the hitchhiking Internet hero turned New Jersey murder suspect. Greenslate's transgressions are less criminal than culinary: Fox News' cameras captured him buying supermarket sushi and lobster (albeit "on special," he noted) with his food-stamp card.

DAILY NEWS: Editorial: Surf's down

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The expiration of a stimulus boost to SNAP benefits will mean that a family of three will have $29 a month less to spend on food. If that seems minor to you, you clearly aren't suffering.

September 27, 2013

PERHAPS one silver lining of the House of Representatives' massive cut to the federal food-stamp program last week is that the myth of the lazy, fancy-car-driving welfare queen is no longer operative. Instead, Republicans have created a new myth to illustrate their contempt for people receiving public benefits: garage-band-playing surfer dudes who get food stamps instead of looking for work.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Anxiety as stimulus hike in food stamps set to end

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A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.

October 10, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.

Food stamps -- actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- go to 47 million Americans a month, almost half of them children and teenagers.

"Every week is a struggle as it is," said Heidi Leno, 43, who lives in Concord with her husband, 9-year-old daughter and twin 5-year-olds. "We hate living paycheck to paycheck and you have to decide what gets paid.