Archive | Commentary

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.

Pittsburgh 5 days, 6 dollars: Food Stamp Challenge

5 Days, 6 Dollars: Taking the Food Stamp Challenge

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 […]

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Food Stamp Application #5,000: A Bittersweet Milestone

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 […]

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Just Harvest’s Shauna Ponton – Advocating for Child Nutrition Year-Round

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 […]

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