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March 13, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Charitable Food Network Responding to Virus: Food Banks Remain Open to Serve, But Need Community Help & Support

With the continuing spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) nationally and daily changes taking place across the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s charitable food network has been adopting new policies and practices to ensure the good health and safety of its clients, partners, volunteers, staff and supporters, as member agencies are on the front lines of serving families...

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March 11, 2020

PA Election Reforms Allow Unrestricted Ballot Casting by Mail: Learn More

Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater participation in Pennsylvania elections are in place for the upcoming  re-scheduled Primary Election. Due to COVID-19 the Primary Election is now scheduled for June 2. Anyone not already registered to vote now has more time to do so. The deadline to register to vote for the 2020 Primary is...

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March 11, 2020

ELCA Publishes Civic Engagement Guide

The ELCA has published a Civic Engagement Guide. The resource guide is designed to encourage, empower and equip voter education and other responsible civic participation shaped by faith values. Civic engagement, according to a frequently referenced definition, means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the knowledge, skills,...

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March 10, 2020

ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant Applications Open April 1

The application window for 2020 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants will open April 1. Visit ELCA.org/domestichungergrants to learn more about the grants and how to apply. Due to COVID-19, the deadline for grant applications has been extended to June 1.  Organizations applying for an ELCA grant for the first time are invited to set up...

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March 4, 2020

Rally in Capitol March 9 for Stewardship of Creation

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,     the world, and those who live in it, for he has founded it on the seas,     and established it on the rivers.” Psalm 24: 1 On March 9, join LAMPa and creation care advocates from around the state for a press conference and rally to...

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March 2, 2020

PA Improving, But Still Lagging In School Breakfast Participation

Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for growth in the number of students participating in the free and reduced-price school breakfasts, feeding more than 362,000 students in the 2018-19 school year, according to a recently released report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). With only 52.6 percent of those participating in free and...

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February 28, 2020

Online Course Offered: “Doing” Politics Through the Lens of Faith

The Rev. Matthew Best of St. Stephen, New Kingstown, LAMPa Policy Council member and former congressional staffer, will lead a five-week online course, “Doing” politics through the lens of faith, on Thursdays starting March 26. The online course, being offered through the Collaborative Mission Center, a partnership of Lower Susquehanna Synod, Upper Susquehanna Synod and...

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February 24, 2020

ELCA Partners With Census for Neighbor and Ourselves

Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people...

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February 7, 2020

Standing for Protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians

Lutheran advocates stood with lawmakers and supporters of protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians in the Capitol on Feb. 3 as members of the LGBTQ community and their families shared stories of continued discrimination in housing and employment in Pennsylvania. “I was saddened by all of the heart-rending stories,” said the Rev. Michael Allwein of St. James,...

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February 7, 2020

Let LAMPa Help You Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

What are you doing to mark Earth Day (April 22) 2020? Find some inspiration from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lititz, whose members are partnering with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Lancaster Conservancy to transform three acres of grass behind their church building into a National Wildlife Federation “Sacred Grounds” covered with...

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