Category: Poverty

January 6, 2020

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2020 Priorities and Elects Officers

LAMPa’s Policy Council met on December 5, 2019 and 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. Alleviating hunger, protecting all of creation, especially the most vulnerable, and addressing poverty and its root causes remain central to the...

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December 11, 2019

Farm to School Grant Program​ Applications Available

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Farm to School Grant Program. The Pennsylvania Farm to School Grant Program will provide elementary schools with funding to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The program aims to enrich the connection communities have...

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November 26, 2019

Minimum Wage Increase Passes in PA Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a  compromise bill that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour over the next two years. Under the terms of Senate Bill 79, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage would move from $7.25 to $8 per hour on July 1, 2020. It would rise to $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2021;...

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November 1, 2019

PA Elections Legislation Includes $4M for Census Efforts; Enumerator Recruiting Begins

Legislation to update Pennsylvania’s election laws and pay for upgrades to voting machines includes up to $4 million to help ensure an accurate 2020 Census count in the Commonwealth. The law, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 31,  is a significant change. It allows anyone to cast a mail-in ballot without giving a reason...

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October 30, 2019

Children’s Health Care Report Shows 124,000 Uninsured in PA

The Pennsylvania Partnership for Children (PPC) has released its Annual State of Children’s Health Care Report. The opportunity to prosper begins with preventive health care when children are young. A healthy start includes immunizations, screenings, regular dental care, well-child visits and access to nutritious food. However, 124,000 Pennsylvania children do not have health insurance, and...

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October 17, 2019

New Research from Blessed Tomorrow & ecoAmerica: How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements

EcoAmerica and Blessed Tomorrow have shared their latest research on How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements: Lessons for Climate Advocacy from the Immigration Black Lives Matter, and President Trump Election Campaigns. While each effort is rooted in the authentic experiences of those impacted, the report examines the successful replicable strategies and tactics of each of...

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October 11, 2019

Grant Opportunity for Pennsylvania Schools Expanding School Breakfast Participation

Grants are available to support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating alternative breakfast delivery models, such as breakfast in the classroom, grab and go, or second chance breakfast, in an effort to increase student participation in school breakfast. All schools implementing or prepared to implement an alternative breakfast delivery model...

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October 10, 2019

Annual Food Security Summit Focuses on College Hunger

Governor Wolf’s Annual Pennsylvania Food Security Summit was held recently in Harrisburg to update stakeholders, advocates, and federal partners about Pennsylvania’s progress with the Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA to address food insecurity and discuss work to combat hunger around Pennsylvania. Presentations regarding hunger in Pennsylvania were shared by the departments of Aging; Human Services;...

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October 2, 2019

Pennsylvania One of 10 States in the U.S. With Increased Number of Children Living in Concentrated Poverty

Twelve percent of children in Pennsylvania live in concentrated poverty according to “Children Living in High Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” a new KIDS COUNT® data snapshot released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Using the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the snapshot examines where concentrated poverty has worsened across the country despite a...

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September 27, 2019

Lutherans Raise Their Voices For God’s work. Our hands.

ELCA congregations across Pennsylvania shared their voices for “God’s work. Our hands” Sunday by addressing letters to legislators, federal and state, advocating on behalf of those whose voices may not always be heard.  As a result of their thoughtful advocacy, several hundred letters were shared with state and federal lawmakers. “It was the first time...

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