To raise awareness about current U.S. Farm Bill negotiations and the related Congressional debates over billions of dollars in proposed cuts to SNAP/food stamp funding, Just Harvest staff along with four Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporters participated in a Food Stamp Challenge in June. This coincided with Food Stamp Challenges going on nationwide. For the 1.8 million […]
This following posts are commentaries authored by Just Harvest staff and the occasional guest blogger about hunger and poverty in public policy, culture and the media, and politics.
This past November, Just Harvest observed a bittersweet milestone. We completed our 5,000th food stamp application since our contract with the Department of Public Welfare began in 2007, illustrating the continuing need as more and more county residents turn to public assistance in the throes of the stagnating economy.Just Harvest’s contract with the Department of […]
This is the first of a periodic series of staff profiles that will appear on Just Blogging! Just Harvest’s Child Nutrition Advocate Shauna Ponton has been with us for 11 years, during which she’s honed her commitment to empowering people to stand up to injustice. One way she does this is by educating low-income families […]
Here we are, half-way through the SNAP challenge, and I can tell you that it is living up to its name. But, I have to admit that I cheated a bit yesterday.
Today is my first day on the SNAP challenge with Just Harvest, and I have already had to make some tough food choices.
Pittsburgh City Council’s Natalia Rudiak will be putting conspicuously less of her money where her mouth is starting December 6. For five days she will be taking part in the SNAP Challenge, a poverty simulation exercise.
The Pittsburgh Hunger Fund has been an important line of defense against hunger in our region. This past Monday, Just Harvest joined our partner organizations in speaking out to City Council at a public budget hearing to decide whether to continue funding the program.
This past Monday, Just Harvest Co-Director Ken Regal testified as part of Pittsburgh City Council’s public hearing on zoning for urban agriculture. Council is mulling over changes to the urban agriculture ordinance, which aim to make some of the provisions of the current policy friendlier to chicken-farmers and beekeepers in the city. Just Harvest recognizes […]
Just Harvest dipped into the intersection of art and youth activism yesterday at the Andy Warhol Museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side. There we met with a group of high school-age women from the Warhol’s ‘Power Up’ after-school program.
When considering the complexity of the application process for food stamps, it is not surprising that there are numerous places along the road where the process can veer off course.