Category Archives: Human Needs

Ryan Budget Recycles Failed Proposals for SNAP

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Statement attributable to FRAC President Jim Weill. Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2014 – Sadly, it’s not an April Fool’s Joke. Today, April 1, for the fourth time in as many years, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania to Increase LIHEAP Payments to Keep SNAP Participants from Losing Benefits

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth (http://www.pccy.org): (WITF, March 6, 2014) According to Kait Gillis of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the state will increase Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) payments to SNAP participants whose benefits are coordinated … Continue reading

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19,905 Pennsylvania Students Reported Homeless

From the People’s Emergency Center (http://www.pec-cares.org): The number of homeless children and youth in Pennsylvania and in the United States has increased over the past three years according to the National Center for Homeless Education’s annual report Data Collection Summary … Continue reading

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Growing Up Homeless Forum: Focus on Education—April 4, Philadelphia

From the People’s Emergency Center (http://www.pec-cares.org): One homeless student is too many. More than 19,000 is unacceptable.  Yet that’s how many students experienced homelessness in Pennsylvania last year. Is it a surprise that homeless students don’t achieve academically as well as … Continue reading

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Watch New #WhoGoesHungry Video Highlighting Hunger Faced by U.S. Veterans and Take Action for Hunger

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Washington, DC – The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) debuts a new #WhoGoesHungry campaign video that calls attention to the pressing issue of hunger faced by nearly a million military veterans … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Vote to Renew Unemployment Insurance

From the Coalition on Human Needs (http://www.chn.org): Please Tell Our Senators to Renew UI, and Your Representative to Require the House to Vote on UI. You can take care of both at http://org.salsalabs.com/o/125/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15267. The battle is not over and we … Continue reading

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SNAP, Unemployment Benefit Cuts Have Substantial Medical Repercussions

The New York Times, January 30, 2014 With SNAP and unemployment benefits targeted for cuts and “partisan arguments raging about budget deficits, fiscal restraint, entitlement fraud and economic recovery indicators[,]” the medical repercussions of these short-sighted funding decreases seem to … Continue reading

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USDA Launches Tool to Help Farmers’ Markets Accept SNAP

(Posted at http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/marketlink/, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, January 21, 2014) MarketLink (http://marketlink.org/) is a website, recently launched by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, which helps farmers’ markets and direct-marketing farmers become authorized to accept SNAP Program benefits; the site also … Continue reading

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Towards a Moral Economy: Is NOW the Time?

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2014/february/towards-moral-economy-now-time-0 Feb 11, 2014 10:53 am | Stephen Herzenberg The Philadelphia Daily News’ Will Bunch had an uplifting column Monday morning on the “Moral March” in Raleigh, N.C. this past weekend. It was the South’s largest protest march … Continue reading

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Fifty Years After the War on Poverty, Americans Want to Renew a National Commitment

Posted at http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/commentary-and-opinion/fifty-years-after-the-war-on-poverty Deborah Weinstein   |   January 21, 2014 If your refrigerator is empty and you’re not sure when you’ll be eating your next meal, reflecting on the fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty may not be your first … Continue reading

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