Category: state budget

January 17, 2020

Non-Profit Security Grant Applications Available Through Feb. 14

Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $5 million in funding for security enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout Pennsylvania. Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization....

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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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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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July 29, 2019

General Assistance Ends August First

A decades-long General Assistance (GA) program expires August 1, 2019, affecting more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians who relied on the small, temporary program targeted to the most vulnerable as a bridge in times of crisis. LAMPa’s director urges ministries to learn who is affected, do what can be done to fill in the gaps, and be...

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July 1, 2019

General Assistance For PA Poor Eliminated

A decades-long General Assistance (GA) program that had been re-instated by the state Supreme Court last year was eliminated last week, affecting more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians reported to be relying on the small, temporary program targeted to the most vulnerable as a bridge in times of crisis. LAMPa staff and other advocates had accompanied recipients,...

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July 1, 2019

Gov. Wolf Signs 2019-2020 Budget

On June 28, Pennsylvania adopted a $34 billion budget that includes no new taxes but socks $330 million away in a rainy day fund. Highlights include increases for housing, education (basic, pre-k and special education), election security and help for a struggling agricultural industry. Funding for the state’s two major anti-hunger programs was held level....

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June 12, 2019

Take Action On the 2020 Census

Pennsylvania is at risk of an undercount in the 2020 Census, and this could mean a significant loss of federal funds for healthcare, nutrition assistance, transportation, housing, education, programs for children and parents, and much more. Pennsylvanians can not afford to put these programs needlessly at risk.  That’s why every Pennsylvania resident needs to take immediate action...

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June 11, 2019

Contact Your State Lawmakers to Include General Assistance In State Budget

Please act today to urge your state representative and senator to vote to include General Assistance in the PA General Budget. General Assistance will best serve Commonwealth residents if it is included in the General Budget, NOT as an afterthought in the Human Code. General Assistance in Pennsylvania (GA) provides cash support – about $200...

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May 31, 2019

Lutherans Gather To Set a Welcome Table

Lutherans from across the Commonwealth gathered in the Capital on May 20 to speak up for the hungry, network with statewide advocates, worship,  learn about hunger and child nutrition, human trafficking, climate change, prescription drug pricing, the ELCA’s proposed Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment with keynote Kathryn Lohre, and more. In addition, the day included worship,...

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May 3, 2019

Urge State Lawmakers to Support PA’s Major Anti-Hunger Programs

As the state budget process continues, please contact your state legislators and ask them to adequately support the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and the Pennsylvania Agricultural  Surplus System (PASS). These programs remain two of the commonwealth’s most important tools in the fight against hunger and a lifeline for food banks across Pennsylvania. Many of...

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