Category: Poverty

October 8, 2020

PUC Ending Moratorium on Utility Shut-offs

As the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) ends the moratorium on utility shut-offs, they have  adopted a series of enhanced consumer protections intended to safeguard families and small businesses who are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and also established a framework for future discussions about utility assistance and economic recovery. The PUC...

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October 7, 2020

Women of the ELCA Release Updated Resource: “Called to be Political (But I Don’t Want to be Political!)”

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)  have released a new updated version of  “Called to Be Political (but I don’t want to be political!)”. This resource, easily adapted for virtual use, is designed to be used with Faith Formation, Sunday School, young adult or small group gatherings.  It may be downloaded from...

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October 5, 2020

Gov. Wolf Issues Emergency Order Extending Deadline in COVID Relief-Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program

  Governor Wolf issued an emergency order extending the  deadline for the COVID Relief-Mortgage and Rental Assistance Grant Program. The deadline originally scheduled for Sept. 30 was extended by the governor, effective Oct. 5, for 30 days until Nov. 4, 2020, in order for the program to be able to continue accepting applications. All eligibility...

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September 29, 2020

ELCA World Hunger Accepts Applications for Daily Bread Grants

ELCA World Hunger’s Daily Bread Matching Grants support congregations and their partners as they work toward a just world where all are fed. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations with feeding ministries are eligible to participate. Submit your application today! As part of the ELCA’s continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this fall more than...

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September 28, 2020

PA Partnerships for Children Releases 2020 State of the Child Report

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children has created county-based “State of the Child” profiles that provide a snapshot of each county’s data, alongside statewide data and information on counties with similar geographic profiles. Learn how your county compares to others in Pennsylvania when it comes to child welfare, health insurance coverage, educational opportunities and other important measures...

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September 28, 2020

Help Eligible People Claim Stimulus Payments: Deadline is October 15

According to the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, five million Americans who were hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis risk missing out on $6 billion in CARES Act stimulus payments if they don’t file the required online form before October 15.  Many of our most vulnerable neighbors never received the stimulus...

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September 24, 2020

A Pastoral Word on the Grand Jury Decision in Louisville

September 24, 2020 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. ― Ephesians 2:14 In response to the grand jury decision in Louisville, Ky., we offer a word of prayer and healing following the decision not to charge police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death. As a...

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September 22, 2020

USDA Injunction a Victory for Commonwealth’s SNAP Recipients

In the wave of systemic issues bubbling to the surface of our collective state and national attention, hunger has not been left out. “Because of the pandemic, I cannot buy all the food I need for proper nutrition. I sometimes don’t have enough food, and skip meals.” said Latoya Gilliam.1 The struggle to attain healthy...

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September 19, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Disregard for Human Life and Dignity at Private Detention Facility

“As Christ on the cross did not lose his dignity, but in fact revealed himself fully in vulnerability, every human who is being mistreated retains the image of God that confers dignity. A society should not deny a person’s dignity for any reason.” —ELCA social message “Human Rights,” p. 4 On Monday, Sept. 14, I learned of the very...

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September 16, 2020

LAMPa Welcomes ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellow Larry D. Herrold Jr.

LAMPa is excited to welcome Larry D. Herrold Jr. as our first ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellow. Larry is a native of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, a small-town of about 10,000 nestled where the east and west branches of the Susquehanna River meet. He graduated from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, in 2019 with a BA in History and...

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