Category: Poverty

October 4, 2018

Farm Bill Update

Despite efforts by leadership in the House and Senate Agriculture committees, Congress failed to reauthorize the farm bill by the Sept. 30 deadline. With the prior law now expiring, dozens of programs will stop and many others placed on hold. Long-standing authorized programs such as crop insurance and SNAP will continue, as long as they...

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September 28, 2018

Lutherans Share Their Voices for God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday

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 service, several hundred letters were shared with state and federal lawmakers. In addition to participating...

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September 25, 2018

Human Services Secretary Participates in SNAP Challenge to Highlight Food Insecurity

Pennsylvania Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller announced that from September 24-28, she will take the SNAP Challenge to highlight Hunger Action Month, the importance of food access, and the prevalence of food insecurity across Pennsylvania. The week will also highlight the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps nearly two million Pennsylvanians...

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September 17, 2018

Learn about General Assistance Applications

Certain low-income Pennsylvanians can now apply for General Assistance again. On July 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in a unanimous decision, found that Act 80 of 2012 was enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.  Act 80 did many things, including eliminating the General Assistance (GA) cash assistance program.  General Assistance...

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September 17, 2018

No Kid Hungry Breakfast Grant Applications Available

Applications for No Kid Hungry breakfast grants are available online.  You are encouraged to share this information with your local school district’s director of food service so your district has the opportunity to expand access to school breakfast.  Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating breakfast after the...

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August 24, 2018

ELCA World Hunger Video Highlights PA Hunger Advocates

ELCA World Hunger recently released a new video featuring Feast of Justice in Philadelphia. Feast of Justice is dedicated to empowering the transformation of individuals, families, and communities through their hunger programs, education programs, and life skills/counseling programs. To learn more click here. ELCA World Hunger prioritizes ministry work that is transformative, holistic and integrated. For...

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August 6, 2018

Report Finds that More Americans, Particularly Children, are at Risk of Hunger

In every part of the nation, a large number of households is experiencing food hardship — the inability to afford enough food for themselves and their families — according to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center. “How Hungry is America?” reveals that, after several years of decline, the national food hardship...

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August 3, 2018

September is Hunger Action Month; Find Resources to Plan Your Response

September is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America reflect, pray, stand together and act to   fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution. At some point in 2016 (the most recent year available), more than...

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July 19, 2018

State Supreme Court: Ending General Assistance Was Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has taken an important step to protect Pennsylvanians living in deep poverty because of serious disability, domestic violence, or other factors that prevent them from working. By a decision of 7 to 0, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on July 18 found that Act 80 of 2012 was enacted in a...

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June 23, 2018

Governor Wolf Signs 2018-2019 Budget

Governor Wolf signed the 2018-2019 state budget into law Friday, June 22, a week before the June 30 deadline with very little controversy.  This year’s budget includes no new taxes, funding transfers to pay for new school safety initiatives, and deposited money into the Rainy Day Fund for the first time since 2006. Three of...

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