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TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT: Schools scramble to get kids to bite on breakfast

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Data show that only a fraction of students eat breakfast at school – a situation that advocates for the hungry say is especially concerning given recent cuts to food stamp programs.

February 21, 2014

John Finnerty
CNHI Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG — School cafeterias try all kinds of gimmicks to entice students to eat breakfast.

Children in Sharon might pass on cold cereal but gobble up sausage on a stick wrapped in pancake batter, said Alice Connolley, food service director for the city’s schools.

Students in Wattsburg like breakfast pizza – a pizza crust topped with tomato sauce, sausage and cheese – because they can eat it with their hands, said Janet Mullaney, nutrition director for the city’s schools.

DAILY NEWS: Editorial: Can't stomach it

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As it regards the hungry, the Farm Bill is a load of bovine fertilizer.

February 4, 2014

As it regards the hungry, the Farm Bill is a load of bovine fertilizer

THE $8 billion in cuts to the food-stamp program over the next 10 years approved last week by the House in a new Farm Bill is being described as "small." Compared with the total Farm Bill - $950 billion over 10 years - "small" is an accurate term.

But to someone trying to feed a family who may now see food stamps slashed by up to $90 a month, those "small" cuts mean more days of gnawing hunger, of going without the basics, of hungry children.

ALLENTOWN MORNING-CALL: Food stamp cuts mean bigger pantry demand

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Advocates of cutting SNAP have argued that charities could fill the gaps, but the Coalition Against Hunger refutes that idea. "Food banks in our state already can't keep up with the skyrocketing need."

February 4, 2014

By Dan Sheehan, Of The Morning Call
 
The Lehigh Valley's food banks have already noted greater demand for services since a cut in food stamps took effect in November.
 
And they expect more to come if, as expected, the U.S. Senate approves and the president signs an agriculture bill that further trims money for food stamps, formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The House passed its version of the plan on Wednesday in a 251-166 vote.
 

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: N.J. better than Pa. in feeding children breakfast

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New Jersey has shown marked increases in getting low-income children to eat breakfast in school, while Pennsylvania has demonstrated slow improvement in serving the meals.

January 30, 2014

By Alfred Lubrano
 
New Jersey has shown marked increases in getting low-income children to eat breakfast in school, while Pennsylvania has demonstrated slow improvement in serving the meals.
 
That's the word from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), which released its School Breakfast Scorecard this month. Based in Washington, FRAC is the leading antihunger advocacy group in America.
 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Food stamp cuts to hit Pa. harder

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A proposed $8 billion in cuts to the food stamp program in the federal farm bill would fall disproportionately on recipients of the program in Pennsylvania and about a dozen other states.

January 30, 2014

By Kate Giammarise / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG -- A proposed $8 billion in cuts to the food stamp program in the federal farm bill would fall disproportionately on recipients of the program in Pennsylvania and about a dozen other states.

The U.S. House approved the compromise, five-year farm bill, 251-166, Wednesday, setting up likely final passage by the Senate, which is expected to take up the bill later this week.

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE: Breakfast Is Served! But More PA Students Could Be at Table

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Each school day in Pennsylvania, just over 600,000 low-income students sit down to a free or reduced-price school lunch, but a new report reveals fewer than half of them are taking part in school breakfast programs.

January 24, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Each school day in Pennsylvania, just over 600,000 low-income students sit down to a free or reduced-price school lunch, but a new report reveals fewer than half of them are taking part in school breakfast programs. 

The Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard ranks Pennsylvania 39th in the nation for school breakfast participation, which means many more children could be served.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Food Banks Anticipate Impact of Cuts to Food Stamps

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Food banks across the country are making similar preparations, increasing efforts to prepare for the increased demand even as donations decline. Moreover, they say, they do not have enough staff to meet all the requests.

January 22, 2014

By RON NIXON

WASHINGTON — Late last year, staff members at the Capital Area Food Bank here began fielding requests for larger deliveries from the dozens of soup kitchens and food pantries that it supplies as more and more people showed up seeking help.

The food bank said it was not unusual to see a surge before Thanksgiving or Christmas. But this time the lines were caused not by the holidays but by a $5 billion cut to the federal food stamp program that took effect in November when a provision in the 2009 stimulus bill expired.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Proposed cuts would hit low-income people in Pa., N.J.

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Low-income people living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and 13 other states - many of them seniors and the disabled - may lose billions of dollars in food-stamp benefits while the rest of the country is spared.

January 1, 2014

By Alfred Lubrano
 
Low-income people living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and 13 other states - many of them seniors and the disabled - may lose billions of dollars in food-stamp benefits while the rest of the country is spared.
 
That's because Congress is considering restricting states' ability to operate the "Heat and Eat" program, antihunger advocates say.
 

DAILY LOCAL: Number of Chester County children in poverty spikes 55%

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“As parents lost their jobs or had their hours reduced, SNAP was there to make sure their children didn’t go hungry,” said Julie Zaebst of the Coalition Against Hunger.

December 2, 2013

By Kendal Gapinski, Daily Local News

Childhood poverty in Chester County has dramatically increased from 2008 to 2012, according to a new report released by the Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

The report, which was released on Monday, says that child poverty has increased in the county by 55 percent since the start of the recession, the highest in the region.

According to PCCY, Bucks County had an 18 percent increase in the number of children living in poverty from 2008 to 2012, while Delaware County saw an increase of 30 percent.

DELAWARE COUNTY TIMES: Childhood poverty has increased by 30 percent in Delaware County since 2008

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More than 21,000 children are living in poverty, a total that equates to 16.7 percent of all Delaware County children. Nearly half of them are living in deep poverty — $11,755 annually for a family of four.

November 26, 2013

By John Kopp, Delaware County Daily Times
Posted: 11/25/13, 12:35 PM EST | Updated: 10 hrs ago