PA Launches Statewide Food Policy Council

May 28th, 2023|

Pennsylvania's first statewide Food Policy Council launched May 25 with its inaugural meeting at the state Department of Agriculture. Advocates, including LAMPa, have been working for years toward the creation of such a council to foster coordination, collaboration and a holistic vision to the commonwealth's food system. "I am thrilled

Lutheran Day 2023 Garners Record Turnout for Study and Practice of Civic Life and Faith

May 1st, 2023|

Lutherans turned out in record numbers for LAMPa's annual day of advocacy, gathering in person after four years to wrestle with what it means for us to be disciples in this democracy in this time and to speak as church together for neighbors struggling with hunger or lack of a

PA Dept. of Ag. Announces $1.6 M for Emergency Food Assistance Grants

April 10th, 2023|

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today invited qualified food banks, pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens that offer emergency food assistance to apply for $1.6 million in The Emergency Food Assistance (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grants. The grants aim to expand access to emergency food assistance in isolated or underserved rural or

Food Programs Expand Eligibility — Some May Need to Reapply

September 24th, 2022|

LAMPa applauds recent actions taken by the Wolf Administration to expand eligibility for hunger-fighting programs in Pennsylvania and advises feeding ministries and advocates to encourage people who may once have been ineligible to re-apply for programs now. In late September, Gov. Tom Wolf marked Hunger Action Month by announcing updates

Housing, Education and Creation Care Get Boost in State Budget

July 13th, 2022|

The 2022-23 Pennsylvania budget includes significant gains for education, housing and creation care, but only  a modest increase for anti-hunger programs. A $1.8 billion increase in education funding makes strides toward decreasing the funding gap in what has been one of the least equitable school funding systems in the country.

LSS Hunger Ministry Lifts Needs of Seniors, Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

June 15th, 2022|

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

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

March 3rd, 2022|

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

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