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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

How are Pennsylvania Counties Preparing for an Unprecedented Election?

What is the state of the election process among Pennsylvania’s counties? Varied, but full of promise. With a summer, and now fall, full of campaigns and misinformation to delegitimize the changes made to the 2020 election cycle, it is imperative for voters to have accurate information and be in communication with their county offices. After contacting all 67 Pennsylvania county offices, LAMPa assembled a...

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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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September 16, 2020

PA House and Senate Introduce Bills Expanding PHFA’s Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program

The Pennsylvania Senate and House have introduced legislation aimed at assisting Commonwealth residents to more easily access Federal CARES dollars directed toward rental and mortgage assistance. Landlords and potential rental and mortgage assistance recipients have had difficulty navigating the multi-step application process. The House and Senate versions of this legislation have much in common, but...

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September 1, 2020

Gov. Wolf Urges Legislature to Protect Homeowners and Renters from Eviction

As his moratorium on evictions and foreclosures expired, Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Executive Director and CEO Robin L. Wiessmann, Sen. Jay Costa, Rep. Maureen Madden and advocates to urge the legislature to quickly pass legislation to protect Pennsylvanians from eviction from their homes and fix a state program...

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