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February 6, 2018

PA Hunger Leaders Advocate in D.C.

Eleven World Hunger Leaders from across Pennsylvania, joined Tracey and Lynn, to participate in the ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering, January 21-24. More than 150 leaders from across the country gathered at Reformation Lutheran Church, Washington, D.C., focusing on the theme “Until All Are Fed”. All in attendance were equipped to advocate to their state’s...

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December 19, 2017

Study Examines Food Security, Nutrition Programs and Health

A new white paper from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) reviews the latest research on the harmful impacts of poverty, food insecurity, and poor nutrition on the health and well-being of children, adults, and older adults. Two other accompanying white papers describe the critical role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and...

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December 16, 2017

PA Extends CHIP: Won’t Last Long Without Federal Action

As Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Pennsylvania, he warned it won’t last long if Congress doesn’t act soon.  Federal funding for the program remains in doubt since congressional inaction allowed the program to expire Sept. 30, leaving 9 million children in danger of losing health care coverage....

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December 11, 2017

Policy Council Elects Officers, Sets 2018 Agenda Priorities

Alleviating hunger, poverty and injustice while addressing their root causes remains central to the work of LAMPa in the year ahead.  On Dec. 7, LAMPa’s Policy Council adopted a broad agenda that encourages disciples to act where they are called, lifting their ministry context, lived experiences, vocations and gifts for public witness. “The Hebrew and...

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November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Offering Includes Letters to Lawmakers

For three weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill learned about the many faces and root causes of hunger at home and around the world. With gratitude for their blessings,  young and old alike wrote letters of thanksgiving to lawmakers for the good work they have done and asked...

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November 17, 2017

LAMPa Advocate Testifies at Senate Hearing on Safe Harbor

The Rev. Jennifer Crist testified to the dangers of re-traumatizing victims of child sex trafficking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Nov. 13.  She was accompanied by LAMPa staff and Sandra Bingaman, a representative of the Lower Susquehanna Synod Women of the ELCA, which has been active in working for Safe Harbor legislation that...

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November 15, 2017

Dec. 31 Deadline to Block Gambling Expansion in Your Community

Pennsylvania municipalities have until Dec. 31 to ban gambling expansion in the form of  “mini-casinos” in their boundaries as the result of a hastily considered revenue package adopted in late October.  Municipalities so wishing must adopt a resolution prohibiting any of the 10 approved mini-casinos and submit it to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board by...

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November 8, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Commission Report on Supporting Farmers in Cleanup Efforts

The Chesapeake Bay Commission has released a report on how to better support farmers in their efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution damaging local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. “Farmers have been — and will continue to be — critical to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of miles of local streams and rivers that provide the...

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November 3, 2017

LAMPa Names New Program Director

 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the addition of Lynn S. Fry, Chambersburg, as program director, effective Nov. 6 Lynn is currently serving as coordinator of faith formation at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Franklin County,  where she coordinates and leads faith formation and activities for children, youth and adults. In her...

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October 31, 2017

Revenue Package Relies on Gambling, Borrowing

Four months after enacting a spending plan, Gov. Wolf on Monday signed most of the bills passed by the Legislature in late October intended to balance the state’s $32 billion budget with gambling expansion and borrowing. The gambling legislation includes authorization of 10 new mini-casinos, internet gambling and video gaming terminals at truck stops in...

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