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May 7, 2019

Bipartisan Bills Set 100% Renewable Energy Target for PA by 2050

Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, and Sen. Tom Killion, R-Delaware County, today announced the re-introduction of legislation supported by 88 Republican and Democratic legislators to require Pennsylvania to rely on renewable sources for 100 percent of its energy by 2050. “The vast majority of scientists agree: Climate change is real. And you don’t have to be...

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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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May 2, 2019

PA Lutherans Call On Congress to Act on Climate, Disaster Relief

On May 1, more than 80 ELCA bishops, ministry leaders, and advocates from Pennsylvania and across the nation visited their congressional offices, speaking about critical disaster recovery and environmental needs in our communities. “Attending the ELCA advocacy convening was a great experience for me,” said Julia Menzo, Lutheran Disaster Response Coordinator for eastern Pennsylvania and...

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April 18, 2019

An Easter message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us that Easter makes it possible, even at the grave, to sing alleluia. Click here to watch Bishop Eaton’s Easter message or read her letter below.   Getting a phone call in the middle of...

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April 11, 2019

ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant Applications Open April 15

The application window for 2020 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants will open April 15. Visit ELCA.org/domestichungergrants to learn more about the grants and how to apply. Organizations applying for an ELCA grant for the first time are invited to set up an account in ELCA GrantMaker in advance in order to access the application...

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March 29, 2019

Take Action on General Assistance Now

The bill that would end General Assistance (GA) — HB 33 — was passed (March 25) by the PA House Health Committee and may move quickly to the House floor for a vote. Please reach out to your local PA House member or other legislators you have a relationship with by phone or use this...

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March 19, 2019

2020 Census: April 1, 2019 Day of Action

Join us on Monday, April 1, 2019, to take action on the 2020 Census by contacting your state lawmakers to share with them how important an accurate 2020 Census is to all Pennsylvanians. Without action, Pennsylvania could lose millions in federal funds. An undercount of just one percent would cost Pennsylvania over $221.8 million, or...

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March 8, 2019

PA Dept. of Education Announces School Breakfast Program Mini Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently announced the availability of $600,000 in mini-grants for schools to implement or expand alternative breakfast programs and to make breakfast available to all students. “Students who eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast are in a better position to learn and succeed when they enter the classroom,” said Secretary of...

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March 3, 2019

Consequences of an Undercount in the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census will be critically important to the future of Pennsylvania, and even a minor undercount would have dire implications that would last for at least a decade. The Commonwealth receives $26 billion each year in funds that are determined by the Census, including funding for healthcare, infrastructure, housing, rural communities, and local municipalities....

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March 3, 2019

General Assistance: a Critical Program for Pennsylvania

LAMPa, along with organizations that serve communities across the Commonwealth,  recently signed onto a letter asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to protect General Assistance (GA). The letter, delivered to all legislators, urges them to vote against House Bill 33, which would eliminate GA in Pennsylvania, and to ensure continued funding for GA in the 2019-20 Budget. General...

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