Category: Advocacy

LSS Hunger Ministry Lifts Needs of Seniors, Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

The Rev. Angela Hammer of St. Paul, Penryn, shared the experiences of her congregation’s feeding ministry in a state Capitol press conference in support of proposed increases to minimum nutrition assistance benefits for seniors and Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Hunger leaders in all seven Pennsylvania synods have reported increasing need in our feeding ministries, particularly among...

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Advocates, Legislators, Rally for Whole-Home Repairs Bill

On May 24, LAMPa joined advocates and legislators gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol to rally in support of the bipartisan Whole-Home Repairs Bill. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) spoke of his support for the bill saying that Pennsylvania must “Fix the homes before we have to tear them down”.  “When there’s blight in a...

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LAMPa Joins Advocates, Mothers, Urging Safety Net Protections

“Through human decisions and actions, God is at work in economic life. Economic life is intended to be a means through which God’s purposes for humankind and creation are to be served. When this does not occur, as a church we cannot remain silent because of who and whose we are.” – ELCA Social Statement,...

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Praying and Acting in Love for Our Ukrainian Neighbors

A Prayer of Christian Faith for Ukraine    O Lord, God of life, as you care for all creation, give us your peace. May our security come not from weapons, but from respect. May our strength come not from violence, but from love. May our own wealth come not from money, but from sharing. May...

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Climate Panel Report “Dire Warning” with Narrow Window for Action

Climate change is causing widespread and dangerous threats to nature and billions of people around the planet, but especially those least able to cope, according to a report released this week by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns that humankind has a narrowing window for action. “This report is a dire warning...

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New Report Shows Impact of School Nutrition Waivers, Calls for Extension

Student participation in school breakfast and lunch dropped dramatically across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, and child hunger would have spiked even more dramatically without waivers that allowed schools and community organizations to creatively adapt to keep feeding programs going, according to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). LAMPa advocates...

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LAMPa Welcomes Dillon Epler as NEPA Representative

LAMPa’s policy council welcomes Dillon Epler as its newest representative from Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Dillon is a seminarian at United Lutheran Seminary and is currently working to earn his Master of Divinity. He is a candidate for rostered ministry in the NEPA Synod of the ELCA, and serves as Vicar at St. John’s Lutheran Church...

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Governor’s Budget Proposal Includes Investments in Education, Jobs, Protections for Vulnerable

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal contains historic increases for education, among investments in infrastructure, jobs, and services for vulnerable Pennsylanians. Continuing a focus on improving public education and erasing one of the largest funding equity gaps in the country, Wolf outlined an additional $1.9 billion to benefit students from pre-k through college as he...

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LAMPa Supports Efforts to Address High Prescription Costs in PA

One in five Pennsylvanians has chosen not to fill a prescription because of cost, and another one in six has cut pills in half or skipped doses for the same reason, according to a study shared by the Pa. Health Access Network (PHAN). LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale joined PHAN partners,  the American Association of Retired...

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State OKs $10M in Tax Credits as Report Outlines How Far Out of Reach Housing Remains for Workers

The Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf  approved $10 million for the Pa. Housing Tax Credit program aimed at closing the gap in affordable housing just before the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released its report documenting how far out of reach housing is for workers in Pennsylvania and across the Country. “We’re grateful...

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