Category: Hunger

March 28, 2014

Raise the Wage!

LAMPa has begun work asking for an increase for Pennsylvania’s low-wage workers as an essential component of addressing the complex issue of poverty in our state. The Commonwealth’s minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour for five years and, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry, 5.5 percent of Pennsylvania’s workforce — 190,800...

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February 5, 2014

Farm Bill Cuts, Adds and Changes Programs

This past week representatives from the House and Senate agriculture committees finally came to an agreement on a new farm bill. See how your Representative voted on final passage of the bill here; see how your Senators voted here. While not perfect, the conference report that was subsequently passed by both houses of Congress avoided...

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November 1, 2013

Nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians facing hungrier holidays in wake of nutrition cuts

Some 1.8 million already vulnerable Pennsylvanians face further hardship as of Nov. 1 as cuts to federal nutrition assistance take effect. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the cut amounts to 21 lost meals per month for a family of four.                Approximately 766,000 children, 494,000 seniors and an estimated 59,300...

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October 31, 2013

Lutherans Agree: Breakfast Most Important Meal of the Day

LAMPa is working with the Pa. Department of Education, local businesses and other anti-hunger organizations across the state to launch the first-ever School Breakfast Challenge in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett are co-chairs of this initiative, making it a priority to ensure all students start their day off right.  Schools that...

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July 3, 2013

State Food Purchase Program Sees Funding Increase

For the first time since the 2006-2007 State Budget, the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP)  has received a funding increase. SFPP was allocated an increase of $100,000.00, or 0.6% over the current fiscal year. This represents a departure from the trend of recent years, in which funding decreased or was held flat in a time...

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