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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.

WHYY NEWSWORKS: Pa. Republicans explain 'no' votes on food stamp cuts

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Two of Pennsylvania's congressional representatives broke ranks with the Republican caucus Thursday over food stamp funding.

September 20, 2013

BY EMMA JACOBS

Two of Pennsylvania's congressional representatives broke ranks with the Republican caucus Thursday over food stamp funding.

Congressmen Mike Fitzpatrick and Patrick Meehan voted against cutting $40 billion over 10 years to the program now called known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Other House members largely voted for or against the bill along party lines.

Meehan of Delaware County said he shared concerns by members of his party that a safety-net program was becoming a widely used "entitlement program."

DAILY LOCAL: Two county Reps vote for cuts to food stamps

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One of the three Republican congressmen who represent residents in Chester County voted against a measure to slash $40 billion from the national food stamp program over the next decade.

September 21, 2013

By Kendal Gapinski, Daily Local News

One of the three Republican congressmen who represent residents in Chester County voted against a measure to slash $40 billion from the national food stamp program over the next decade.

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.