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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Planned cuts in food stamps decried

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The vote by the House of Representatives on Thursday to slash billions from food stamps has rocked local advocates for the poor, who see the move as a potential blow to people already struggling to survive.

September 22, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

The vote by the House of Representatives on Thursday to slash billions from food stamps has rocked local advocates for the poor, who see the move as a potential blow to people already struggling to survive.

At the same time, advocates praised four local Republican congressmen who bucked their party and voted against the cuts.

And, during a lively day of reaction Friday, the majority of listeners to a popular Philadelphia-area radio show lauded the bill as the right thing to do.

KYW: Hunting Park Food Pantry Focuses On Providing Fresh, Nutritional Foods To Those In Need

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The Green Light Pantry at Casa Del Carmen Family Center on Reese Street has a focus that many other pantries are not meeting.

September 16, 2013

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The grand opening of a new food pantry in Hunting Park this week highlighted a focus on fresh, nutritional foods.
The Green Light Pantry at Casa Del Carmen Family Center on Reese Street has a focus that many other pantries are not meeting. Julie Zaebst is policy manager of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

PUBLIC OPINION: Franklin County area food pantries may see demand increase in November

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Federal funding cuts to SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, is likely to drive up need.

August 27, 2013

Federal funding cuts to SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, is likely to drive up need.

By JIM HOOK

FRANKLIN COUNTY - A federal food assistance program that has become increasingly popular in south central Pennsylvania will be trimmed in November.

To cover the need, food pantries would have to more than double their efforts.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Aid cuts will cost families 21 meals

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The loss is for a family of four each month. Nearly three million people in Pa. and N.J. stand to lose out.

August 12, 2013

The loss is for a family of four each month. Nearly three million people in Pa. and N.J. stand to lose out.
By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

Life may get harsher and hungrier for nearly three million people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Nov. 1, when food-stamp benefits will be cut overnight for the first time in U.S. history.

KYW Newsradio: Looming Stimulus Cuts Could Mean Less Food On The Table In Pa.

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A new report out of Washington says nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians will see a loss in federal food stamp benefits come fall–cutting roughly $36 per month for a family of four.

August 9, 2013

By Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Boosts to food stamp benefits provided by federal stimulus dollars in 2009 are set to expire. As a result, Pennsylvania will lose close to $200 million.

A new report out of Washington says nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians will see a loss in federal food stamp benefits come fall–cutting roughly $36 per month for a family of four.

MEADVILLE TRIBUNE: State's food stamp users to receive fewer dollars

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Needy Pennsylvanians will get less help buying groceries come November due to the expiration of a federal stimulus spending bump that has inflated food stamp payments.

August 7, 2013

By John Finnerty Meadville Tribune

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: GOP lawmaker opens Pa. tour to study poverty

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In what advocates for the poor perceive as a puzzling irony, a Republican lawmaker from western Pennsylvania has embarked on a statewide tour to examine and discuss poverty.

July 29, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

In what advocates for the poor perceive as a puzzling irony, a Republican lawmaker from western Pennsylvania has embarked on a statewide tour to examine and discuss poverty.

Rep. Dave Reed of Indiana County, chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, said it was time "to truly re-evaluate government's approach to fighting poverty," adding that "a discussion on poverty is long overdue."

SKY NEWS: Hungry In America: Huge Demand For Free Meals

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Summer feeding programs tackling hunger are seeing unprecedented demand.

July 29, 2013

Summer feeding schemes are seeing unprecedented demand as families across rural America struggle to put food on the table.

By Tom Parmenter in Rogersville, Tennessee

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Editorial: When school is out, many children go hungry

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Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change.

July 30, 2013

Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, only one out of seven children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school participates in a summer meal program. While the available data is limited, experts believe many children go hungry during the summer.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Anger in the area over cuts to food stamps

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For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program.

July 21, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers - many of them rich - while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program that experts believe keeps poor Americans from starving.

The decision last week comes after conservative Republicans in the House blocked a bill that would have slashed $20 billion from the food-stamp budget, saying the cut was too small.