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MEADVILLE TRIBUNE: State's food stamp users to receive fewer dollars

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Needy Pennsylvanians will get less help buying groceries come November due to the expiration of a federal stimulus spending bump that has inflated food stamp payments.

August 7, 2013

By John Finnerty Meadville Tribune

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: GOP lawmaker opens Pa. tour to study poverty

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In what advocates for the poor perceive as a puzzling irony, a Republican lawmaker from western Pennsylvania has embarked on a statewide tour to examine and discuss poverty.

July 29, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

In what advocates for the poor perceive as a puzzling irony, a Republican lawmaker from western Pennsylvania has embarked on a statewide tour to examine and discuss poverty.

Rep. Dave Reed of Indiana County, chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, said it was time "to truly re-evaluate government's approach to fighting poverty," adding that "a discussion on poverty is long overdue."

SKY NEWS: Hungry In America: Huge Demand For Free Meals

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Summer feeding programs tackling hunger are seeing unprecedented demand.

July 29, 2013

Summer feeding schemes are seeing unprecedented demand as families across rural America struggle to put food on the table.

By Tom Parmenter in Rogersville, Tennessee

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Editorial: When school is out, many children go hungry

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Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change.

July 30, 2013

Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, only one out of seven children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school participates in a summer meal program. While the available data is limited, experts believe many children go hungry during the summer.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Anger in the area over cuts to food stamps

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For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program.

July 21, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers - many of them rich - while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program that experts believe keeps poor Americans from starving.

The decision last week comes after conservative Republicans in the House blocked a bill that would have slashed $20 billion from the food-stamp budget, saying the cut was too small.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Filling the gap when there are no free school lunches

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An unpaid neighborhood do-gooder, Cooper-Chamberlain distributes free lunch every day at noon during the summer, when school lunches are unavailable.

July 21, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

An unpaid neighborhood do-gooder, Cooper-Chamberlain distributes free lunch every day at noon during the summer, when school lunches are unavailable.

"I can't serve till 12, sweetheart," she told the oldest boy, who displayed the unmistakable demeanor of a hungry child: expectant, quiet, attentive. He wordlessly turned and led the others away.

KYW NEWSRADIO: City, Community Groups Fill School Meals Gap During Summer

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The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to provide free meals for thousands of kids this summer.

June 28, 2013

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to provide free meals for thousands of kids this summer.

“During the summer, kids that normally rely on free school meals don’t have that support,” says Julie Zaebst, interim executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Editorial: It shouldn't take so long to get food stamps

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Pennsylvania and New Jersey should be ashamed to be among the worst states in the nation in meeting federal rules by getting food stamps to the needy within 30 days.

July 8, 2013

Pennsylvania and New Jersey should be ashamed to be among the worst states in the nation in meeting federal rules by getting food stamps to the needy within 30 days.

Their bureaucratic delays create more hardships for families struggling to put food on the table.

An Inquirer analysis found that New Jersey processes food-stamp applications within 30 days only about 74 percent of the time. Only Guam, Tennessee, Vermont, Hawaii, and Connecticut are worse. Pennsylvania ranked 39th on a list of 53, meeting the federal timeliness requirement only 81 percent of the time.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: A new kind of food pantry opens in Kensington

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A new kind of food pantry for the poor (featuring exclusively healthful foods) debuted in Philadelphia.

June 20, 2013

By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer

On Tuesday, a new kind of food pantry for the poor - featuring exclusively healthful foods - opened in Kensington.

The Green Light Pantry, the first of its kind in the city, promotes healthy eating while batting back hunger.

"I don't eat healthy much," said pantry client Ebony Culbreath, 20, a formerly homeless woman who filled a shopping basket with her daughter, Kaliyah, 2, on Tuesday. "This stuff is outside my comfort zone. But my daughter eats all of it."

NY TIMES: House Rejects Farm Bill as Food Stamp Cuts Prove Divisive

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Members vote 234-195 to defeat a bill that would have dropped 2 million Americans from SNAP and removed more than 200,000 children from free school meals.

June 20, 2013

House Rejects Farm Bill as Food Stamp Cuts Prove Divisive

By RON NIXON

WASHINGTON — The surprise defeat of the farm bill in the House on Thursday underscored the ideological divide between the more conservative, antispending Republican lawmakers and their leadership, who failed to garner sufficient votes from their caucus as well as from Democrats.