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.
Learn more about:
- Farm Bill: The Farm Bill is 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 more
- 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
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.
Farm bill talks intensified Wednesday night even as a new report showed that food stamp expenditures are already beginning to fall as a share of the economy — a downward decline that’s expected to accelerate over the next five years.