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January 14, 2019

PA to Maintain Food Security Programs Through Feb. Despite Federal Shutdown

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced that February benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will be dispersed on January 18, 2019, and will be available for use by January 19, 2019. The early payment follows an announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) notifying states...

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January 11, 2019

Resources for Walking Together During the Government Shutdown

During this government shutdown, those affected are at the front of our minds – and we know you share in this care and concern, too. The current shutdown impacts many of us and our neighbors – from furloughed federal workers waiting for paychecks to hungry families worrying that the help they need to purchase food...

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January 9, 2019

LAMPa Supports “Buyer Beware” Anti-Human Trafficking Bills

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania was honored to join Rep. Seth Grove , R-York, and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, as they announced  their intent to introduce legislation to increase fines and prison sentences for criminals convicted of human trafficking. LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale, Program Director Lynn Fry, and other members of the Pa. Interfaith Justice...

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January 8, 2019

Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order To Reduce Carbon Pollution in PA

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he has signed a new executive order establishing the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania, which is contributing to climate change. The executive order also establishes the GreenGov Council to boost green and sustainable practices in state government to help achieve the goals set in the executive...

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January 8, 2019

New General Assembly Opens, Selects Leadership

Pennsylvania’s new General Assembly will reconvene Jan. 15, after lawmakers took the oath of office New Year’s Day under a state constitutional mandate that they meet on the first Tuesday of the year. Yesterday, the remaining committee leadership was announced. “We pray for wisdom, humility, courage and compassion in all who lead our Commonwealth that...

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January 7, 2019

Federal Shutdown, Waiver Proposals Threaten SNAP, Put Residents at Risk

By Sheila Christopher, Executive Director Hunger-Free Pennsylvania Two recent developments in the federal government could spell disaster for thousands of Pennsylvanians who receive monthly food benefits. If President Trump keeps the government shut down through February, as he recently suggested, monthly food benefits could stop. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is run by the...

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January 3, 2019

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2019 Priorities & Elects New Officers

The Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) Policy Council met on December 6, 2018, to set their agenda priorities for the upcoming term of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Following a thoughtful, engaging and lengthy conversation among those present the following priorities were identified: Hunger; Creation Care; Poverty; and the 2020 Census.   Hunger continues to...

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December 20, 2018

LSS Bishop’s Christmas Message on Immigration

December 18, 2018 Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent   Dear partner in ministry: A Pastoral Christmas Message on Immigration They were a family of modest means, working folks, who wanted only to live peacefully in their homeland and give their baby son a good life. Unfortunately, instability and danger menaced their turbulent country,...

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December 17, 2018

SEPA Bishop Davenport Honored

Bishop Patricia A. Davenport was honored recently with citations from Mayor Jim Kenney and the state House of Representatives at a reception at City Hall on Dec. 13.  Various city officials shared remarks during the ceremony. State Rep. Joanna McClinton, a Democrat who represents the 191st District covering parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, read...

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December 12, 2018

PA Clean Slate Law Implementation Begins December 26

Clean Slate implementation begins as of December 26th, with thousands of Pennsylvanians newly eligible to seal their first-degree misdemeanors and their simple assault convictions. Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law permits many criminal cases in Pennsylvania to be sealed – taken out of public view, so they cannot be used by employers, landlords and others. Act 56...

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