The Coalition advocates for responsible, progressive policy that addresses the real need in our community.
Much of the work that we do on the front lines—building the capacity of food pantries in our region and helping Philadelphia residents obtain food stamps (SNAP)—informs all of our policy recommendations.
As the U.S. continues to recover from the economic recession, lawmakers in Harrisburg and on Capitol Hill are making decisions that will affect all Philadelphia residents. The Coalition Against Hunger will keep you up to date on how federal and state legislation will impact the most vulnerable residents in our region and what you can do about it.
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- Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015: Every five years, Congress must review all of the child nutrition programs that provide food to low-income children across the country and throughout the year, including school meals and WIC. The future of all of these programs must be determined in the coming year, with the current child nutrition act set to expire on Sept. 30, 2015. Read more.
- Farm Bill: The most recent Farm Bill, passed in 2014, presented an opportunity for Congress to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), America's first line of defense against hunger. Despite its name, the majority of Farm Bill spending funds nutrition programs that keep millions of Americans from going hungry every day. Read about how the final bill affected Pennsylvania.
- SNAP (Food Stamp) Asset Test: Thousands of low-income families with modest savings no longer qualify for food stamps in Pennsylvania, under a policy change enacted by the state Department of Public Welfare on May 1, 2012. Families with as little as $5,500 in assets ($9,000 for seniors or people with disabilities) are now barred from getting benefits. Read more.
A nationwide study released today by the nonprofit group Feeding America reveals that in the daily scramble for food, about 1 in 7 Americans now rely on local aid programs.
People in need who walk into a new kind of food pantry in Philadelphia are walking out with bags full of food they can be sure will be good for their families.