Category: Federal Budget

May 26, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Response to the 2020 Census

As of May 24, 2020, Pennsylvania households have responded to the 2020 Census above the national average. The national response to the census, thus far, is 60.1%, with Pennsylvania’s response rate being 63.1.% according to the U.S. Census Bureau.   Pennsylvania ranks 16th in the response rate out of 50 states, Puerto Rico and the...

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May 20, 2020

SNAP Online Purchasing Approved For Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has received approval from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow the Commonweath to join the pilot program that lets recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, purchase groceries online through participating retailers. This will help keep individuals and families...

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May 13, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Issues Pastoral Message on COVID-19 Racism and White Supremacy

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —  I Corinthians 12:12   May 13, 2020 Dear church, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am encouraged by your...

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May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

We give thanks to God for the many ways disciples and ministries are working to see that no one goes hungry. Whether you are currently operating a feeding ministry, donating to community feeding efforts, or are in need of food assistance, please look to the state and federal programs that your advocacy has helped create...

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May 5, 2020

LAMPa Connects Ministries With Emergency Foods

In addition to working with policymakers to speed vital relief services, LAMPa’s network of hunger advocates and Lutheran Disaster Response connected feeding ministries across the state with thousands of meals delivered by the PA National Guard. Although ongoing advocacy is required for long-term relief and recovery, the meals were received with gratitude by ministries seeking...

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May 4, 2020

FEMA Announces $200 Million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

FEMA announced that the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board will allocate $200 million to communities across the country to assist organizations providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies, including our nation’s hungry and homeless populations. These funds were appropriated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ease...

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May 1, 2020

LAMPa Shares Survey In Response to COVID-19

LAMPa recently shared a survey with faith leaders throughout Pennsylvania inviting them to share how they may be adjusting ministries beyond their walls in response to COVID-19. The results of the survey will assist LAMPa in learning more how we may work together additionally and be better advocates for you and for those whom you...

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May 1, 2020

Updated Information On PA Primary & Mail-In Ballots

“Christians are called to be stewards of our common life through serving as faithful and active citizens. We live out our mutual responsibility for one another by guaranteeing our neighbor’s right to vote and participate freely and fully in society.” — The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA For many of us, voting,...

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May 1, 2020

Coronavirus Impact on 2020 Census Operations

The 2020 Census is happening now. It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone, or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. Taking time to respond to the 2020 Census now means a census taker will not need to visit your home later. Census takers will...

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March 31, 2020

Third COVID-19 Aid Package Passed and Signed: Thank You for Taking Action!

On March 27, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, H.R. 748 (CARES Act), a third economic aid package to help bring direct relief to families, reinforce struggling industries and the healthcare sector, and extend assistance to vital state and federal support programs. Members of Congress and their staff worked intensely to...

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