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

PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS: Eagles' Dorenbos lends name to anti-hunger effort


Jon Dorenbos and the Eagles to raise healthy food for Green Light Pantries

November 5, 2014
By Tom Mahon
Jon Dorenbos, the Eagles' long-snapper who dabbles in magic, wants to make hunger disappear.
He and the Eagles have been partnering with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger to promote a website that allows people to donate money that will be used to purchase healthy foods for the Green Light Pantry Program.
The website has a long address: yougivegoods.com/eaglesfooddrive2014.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Eagles revitalize local community garden


The Eagles spread the word about the Online Healthy Food Drive to benefit the Coalition

November 3, 2014
By Tyler Skroski

PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE: Food stamp regulations squeeze corner stores


The profits of neighborhood corner stores are being impacted by a new food stamp regulation.

October 24, 2014
By Ayana Jones
The profits of neighborhood corner stores are being impacted by a new food stamp regulation.
For the last 10 years, the federal government has been paying for the swipe-card machines retailers used to accept: Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Due to a change in federal law, retailers must now pay to continue using the card readers.