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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.

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.