Category: School Breakfast

March 27, 2020

Ongoing COVID-19 Pennsylvania Updates

LAMPA will continue to share COVID-19 updates here as they are received. LAMPa staff is working with partners addressing the needs of all people in the Commonwealth, especially our most vulnerable residents. We hold all of your communities in prayer as we endeavor to respond faithfully to the presence of COVID-19. We all wrestle with...

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March 26, 2020

Gov. Wolf Urges USDA to Waive Food Assistance Eligibility Requirements

Governor Tom Wolf  sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that USDA waive eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program; reconsider Pennsylvania’s request for temporary waivers to allow more food to be distributed at school feeding sites and food banks; and to be flexible and change its interpretation of...

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March 26, 2020

ELCA Releases First Draft of Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) has shared The First Draft of the Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy. The development of this message on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, was called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This is not...

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March 17, 2020

USDA Answers Questions Regarding COVID-19; SFSP; SSO; and Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared this document in response to COVID-19 as it relates to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority. Question and Answer 1. Can schools that have been approved for non-congregate feeding through SFSP or SSO deliver meals directly...

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March 13, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Charitable Food Network Responding to Virus: Food Banks Remain Open to Serve, But Need Community Help & Support

With the continuing spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) nationally and daily changes taking place across the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s charitable food network has been adopting new policies and practices to ensure the good health and safety of its clients, partners, volunteers, staff and supporters, as member agencies are on the front lines of serving families...

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March 11, 2020

ELCA Publishes Civic Engagement Guide

The ELCA has published a Civic Engagement Guide. The resource guide is designed to encourage, empower and equip voter education and other responsible civic participation shaped by faith values. Civic engagement, according to a frequently referenced definition, means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the knowledge, skills,...

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March 2, 2020

PA Improving, But Still Lagging In School Breakfast Participation

Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for growth in the number of students participating in the free and reduced-price school breakfasts, feeding more than 362,000 students in the 2018-19 school year, according to a recently released report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). With only 52.6 percent of those participating in free and...

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February 5, 2020

PA Department of Education Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals and Nutrition Programs

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is seeking organizations across the state to help provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months through PDE’s Summer Food Service Program. Participating organizations must be year-round, not-for-profit entities, which include schools, local, municipal, or county governments, libraries, churches, fire and police stations, summer camps,...

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February 1, 2020

PA Department of Education Announces School Breakfast Cafeteria Upgrade Grant Recipients

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced more than $925,000 in competitive grants have been awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state for the purchase of new food service equipment for cafeterias. Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is awarded to schools which...

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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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