Category: Poverty

June 21, 2018

Pennsylvania Synods Pass Resolutions at Assemblies

Four ELCA Synods in Pennsylvania voted to pass resolutions regarding social justice issues at their recent assembly gatherings. The Lower Susquehanna Synod, meeting at Messiah College,  May 31 – June 1, 2018,  adopted a resolution regarding homelessness.  The Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, meeting at Thiel College, June 15-16, 2018, adopted a resolution on migrant minors and...

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June 20, 2018

Payday Lenders Thwarted For Now

Another attempt at passing a  payday lending bill, HB 2429, was recently thwarted in June. Official word came through on June 19 that the House Commerce Committee vote was cancelled because the payday lenders didn’t have the votes to get it out of Committee. Thank you to everyone who worked to keep this bill off...

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June 19, 2018

Emergency Food Providers: End Food Waste With MEANS Database

The MEANS Database, founded by ELCA member and American University student Maria Rose Belding, a speaker at the 2018 National Youth Gathering, is a non-profit communications platform for emergency food providers and their donors. Emergency food providers can mean soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries. MEANS, which stands for Meeting Excess And Needs for...

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February 6, 2018

PA Hunger Leaders Advocate in D.C.

Eleven World Hunger Leaders from across Pennsylvania, joined Tracey and Lynn, to participate in the ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering, January 21-24. More than 150 leaders from across the country gathered at Reformation Lutheran Church, Washington, D.C., focusing on the theme “Until All Are Fed”. All in attendance were equipped to advocate to their state’s...

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December 19, 2017

Study Examines Food Security, Nutrition Programs and Health

A new white paper from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) reviews the latest research on the harmful impacts of poverty, food insecurity, and poor nutrition on the health and well-being of children, adults, and older adults. Two other accompanying white papers describe the critical role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and...

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May 19, 2017

“For Such a Time as This.” Pray. Fast. Act. Lutheran-Episcopal call for Public Witness

On May 18, 2017, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA and The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, extended this call out...

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April 6, 2017

PA Lutherans Participate in State of Appalachia Conference

ELCA Lutherans from across the Appalachian region participated in an ecumenical State of Appalachia Conference on March 31 – April 1, 2017, in Pipestem State Park, West Virginia. The conference “was an important gathering for public advocacy and service ministries in Appalachia,” said the Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig, professor of Church in Society at the...

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October 4, 2016

Governor Releases Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA

LAMPa applauds the Wolf Administration on the recent unveiling of its food security plan – Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA, and urges ELCA hunger leaders to bring their faith to the table to help make that goal a reality. After meeting with anti-hunger advocates, including LAMPa,  Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order in...

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