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June 10, 2014

Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly Gathers to Feed the Hungry

The Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly invited over 700 leaders and voting members to gather around the theme of “Feeding the Hungry”. The Assembly was preceded by a 12-hours meal packing event that resulted in over 300,000 meals packed, to be distributed through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Assembly, Keynoter, The Rev. Dan Rift, Director of...

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June 2, 2014

Weigh In With LAMPa on Policy to Combat Poverty

LAMPa is looking for Lutherans to weigh in on behalf of the approximately 1.5 million Pennsylvanians living in poverty. Following the release of Beyond Poverty, the House Majority Policy Committee (headed by Rep. Dave Reed, who spoke at Lutheran Day) has identified and announced the formation of legislative team leaders who will explore, in greater...

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June 2, 2014

A New Payday Loan Effort?

Over the last three years payday lenders have attempted to legalize their predatory products in Pennsylvania. Each time they have rechristened the same predatory loan products with names like “short-term loans,” “micro-loans,” and “fresh start.” Each time, payday lenders attempted to bury the high cost of the loans they seek to legalize in the fine...

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June 2, 2014

Expanding Help and Hope for Homeless Infants, Toddlers Across Pennsylvania

Each year, an estimated 6,000 Pennsylvania infants (birth to 3 years old) are homeless. Some are in homeless shelters, some are in temporary housing, or they move from one place to another where anyone will take in their mother. Many of these homeless babies suffer from some kind of trauma or neglect. According to the...

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March 28, 2014

Keep School Breakfast Push Going with Grants and Training

As the Pa. School Breakfast Challenge draws to a close, hunger advocates have ways to keep the momentum going. Next school year, Pa. schools will have a new option for offering all meals at no cost to students: community eligibility. Designed for schools with high concentrations of low-income students, community eligibility benefits students and the school...

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March 28, 2014

Raise the Wage!

LAMPa has begun work asking for an increase for Pennsylvania’s low-wage workers as an essential component of addressing the complex issue of poverty in our state. The Commonwealth’s minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour for five years and, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry, 5.5 percent of Pennsylvania’s workforce — 190,800...

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March 24, 2014

Register Now for Lutheran Day at the Capitol

You are invited to Lutheran Day at the Capitol and LAMPa’s 35th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, May 6. Join Lutherans from around the state to focus on our baptismal call to ministry in the public square and the unique voice of Lutheran Christians addressing hunger and poverty.  The day will include worship, a keynote address,...

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February 5, 2014

Farm Bill Cuts, Adds and Changes Programs

This past week representatives from the House and Senate agriculture committees finally came to an agreement on a new farm bill. See how your Representative voted on final passage of the bill here; see how your Senators voted here. While not perfect, the conference report that was subsequently passed by both houses of Congress avoided...

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January 30, 2014

Immigration Is A Pennsylvania Issue – Get Involved in the LAMPa PA Immigration Leadership Circle

Immigration law is a federal matter.   LAMPa is focused on Pennsylvania matters.   The intersection of the two is the focus for the LAMPa PA Immigration Leadership Circle. The goal of the Circle is to provide an opportunity for Lutherans in Pennsylvania to learn and to network so that we are more effective in welcoming the...

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January 23, 2014

More Kids Are Getting The Breakfast They Need

Two new reports this week show that school breakfast participation is on the rise, thanks to successful school policies and state legislation that make breakfast more accessible to students, and thanks to advocates like you! First, the annual FRAC breakfast scorecard is out with some great news: More low-income kids are now getting the healthy...

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