Category Archives: Human Needs

SNAP Provides More than Food Benefits

From CLASP (http://www.clasp.org/): Each year, families and individuals on Medicaid go through a redetermination process to ensure they’re still eligible for this low- or no-cost health coverage. Millions of eligible people lose coverage at this time due to procedural barriers … Continue reading

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization Passes Senate Committee

Bipartisan legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on January 20. The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 sets the policy and funding structure for all of the federal school meal and child … Continue reading

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In Besieged Middle East, Food Becomes Weapon of War

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/29/besieged-middle-east-food-becomes-weapon-war Published on Friday, January 29, 2016 by Common Dreams Despite international laws prohibiting the use of starvation against civilians, forces on all sides preventing aid from reaching blockaded towns in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq By Nadia Prupis, … Continue reading

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Low-Income Programs Got Less Than Half the Average Increase of Other Non-Defense Programs in FY16

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2016/01/28/fact-of-the-week-low-income-programs-got-less-than-half-the-average-increase-of-other-non-defense-programs-in-fy16/#.Vqp3nPkrIdU By Lecia Imbery January 28, 2016 While the FY16 omnibus spending bill included funding beyond the harsh sequestration caps and included gains for some important human needs programs, programs serving low-income Americans overall fared considerably worse than others. According to new research by … Continue reading

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Sign Petition for Expanded WIC and Summer Meals

From US Action (http://usaction.org/): Sign the petition to Congress at http://action.usaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=730: Stand up for kids. Fight for an expanded WIC program and increased access to summer meals through the Child Nutrition authorization process. Working families and the middle class are … Continue reading

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Roughly 25 Percent of Demand for Emergency Food Assistance and Shelter Went Unmet in U.S. Cities

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2016/01/21/fact-of-the-week-roughly-25-percent-of-demand-for-emergency-food-assistance-and-shelter-went-unmet-in-u-s-cities/#.VqJQLfkrIdU By Lecia Imbery January 21, 2016 A survey of select cities across the U.S. showed that roughly a quarter of individuals and families who needed emergency food and shelter were turned away because of a lack of available resources. The … Continue reading

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Urge Governor Wolf to Recommend Separate Appropriations for State Food Purchase and PA Agricultural Surplus Programs

Here is a letter urging Governor Wolf to recommend separate appropriations for two important Pennsylvania food programs. Scroll down to see instructions for sending the letter. Dear Governor Wolf, Please recommend separate appropriations of $21 million for the State Food … Continue reading

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Tell Senators Casey and Toomey: Young Children in All-Day Child Care Need Additional Snack

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): The Senate is indicating that it will move quickly on Child Nutrition Reauthorization in the next few weeks. This bill contains our chance to make needed improvements to CACFP. We’ve been working … Continue reading

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After 20 Years: The Disastrous Impact of Welfare Reform

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/after-20-years-the-disastrous-impact-of-welfare-reform/ A couple of months ago, speaking to a large, diverse audience in Cleveland, Ohio, Jonathan Kozol joked that as a Jew, when he has the opportunity to address church audiences, he takes great pleasure in reminding Christians … Continue reading

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Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Seeking Executive Director—Deadline January 21

Posted at http://www.housingalliancepa.org/sites/default/files/Executive%20Director%20Job%20Description%201%2016.pdf#overlay-context=issues Mission of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is a statewide, not-for-profit, membership organization that provides leadership and a common voice for policies, practices and resources to ensure that all Pennsylvanians, especially those … Continue reading

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