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


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


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


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


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.

HUFFINGTON POST: Another Bite at the Apple: How SNAP Is Making Us a Healthier Nation


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


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

PHILADELPHIAEAGLES.COM: Healthy Online Food Drive a Success


Eagles Care raised 3,200 lbs of healthy food for the Coalition's Green Light Pantries

December 3, 2014
Healthy food and healthy eating were on the minds of the Eagles organization throughout the entire month of November. With the holidays in sight, the team and staff set out to help the local communities of Greater Philadelphia in any way that they could. As a whole, the Eagles banded together to successfully complete the team’s second annual Online Healthy Food Drive, but this was only a piece of the "giving pie." The team went out into the community and got their hands dirty as well when they were planting, growing, and harvesting healthy fruits and vegetables.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Giving Tuesday a day to give back


#GivingTuesday promotes giving back to charitable causes around the world

November 30, 2014

By Alfred Lubrano

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are about accumulating stuff.

Giving Tuesday is about giving back.

Tuesday is the third Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to charitable giving throughout the world.

CNN: Eagles deliver better Thanksgiving


VIDEO: The Eagles partnership with the Coalition and other organizations is highlighted

November 28, 2014

By Miguel Marquez

The Coalition's relationship with the Philadelphia Eagles is highlighted, with a focus on the Green Light Pantry launched by the Coalition in 2013

Watch on CNN's website

PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS: First year report released on city's plan to combat poverty

Philadelphia's plan to rid itself of the distinction of the poorest of the nation's top 10 most populated cities
November 17, 2014
By Stephanie Farr