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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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January 23, 2014

Preach-In on Climate Change Workshop

Tuesday February 11, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST Get ready to address the faith dimensions and moral  implications of climate change in your preaching with this workshop, led by The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman.  The Rev. Dr. Wiseman is Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of United Methodist Studies at the...

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November 1, 2013

Nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians facing hungrier holidays in wake of nutrition cuts

Some 1.8 million already vulnerable Pennsylvanians face further hardship as of Nov. 1 as cuts to federal nutrition assistance take effect. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the cut amounts to 21 lost meals per month for a family of four.                Approximately 766,000 children, 494,000 seniors and an estimated 59,300...

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October 31, 2013

Lutherans Agree: Breakfast Most Important Meal of the Day

LAMPa is working with the Pa. Department of Education, local businesses and other anti-hunger organizations across the state to launch the first-ever School Breakfast Challenge in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett are co-chairs of this initiative, making it a priority to ensure all students start their day off right.  Schools that...

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October 7, 2013

Government Shutdown Leaves Hungry Even More Vulnerable

The federal government’s failure to act on a farm bill or a budget leaves hungry Americans with severely limited access to nutrition.  While the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP — formerly food stamps) and school meals will be funded through October, other critical nutrition programs for low-income families and seniors will not. Take action on...

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