My Food Stamp Challenge prep continues. Sunday comes and I begin to prepare for my second journey. This time no sunglasses, I don’t want any collateral damage. Once again I was blessed with fine weather. I did the walk, the Incline, and one bus that let me off 3 blocks from the two stores. I […]
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.
After getting my groceries I’m standing there waiting for this bus. My back, my knee, my hip are all hurting. I live with chronic pain since the motorcycle accident and take great care not to end up back in the hospital. One wrong move with this sack of goods – my food for the week […]
It was a warm Saturday afternoon in June. I put on my iPhone earbuds, cranked up the music, and headed to the Incline. I was on a journey to buy 30 dollars worth of food that had to last me the entire work week. And according to the challenge rules, no other food allowed: nothing […]
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 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.