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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More than 350,000 Pa. seniors take advantage of streamlined food-stamp application

“… Some seniors can be socially isolated, or might not be able to use the state’s online benefits application or visit a county assistance office, said Ken Regal, executive director of Pittsburgh-based anti-hunger advocacy group Just Harvest. His organization has funding from the National Council on Aging and a local foundation to enroll seniors in […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Freedom a struggle after years in solitary confinement

“…’If people are coming out of the state prison with no work skills and no support system from the corrections system to help them find work, then what are our expectations as a society?’ asked Ken Regal, executive director of South Side-based anti-hunger advocacy group Just Harvest. ‘There is not the kind of comprehensive safety […]

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The American Prospect

Fewer on Food Stamps, but Hunger Persists

“Ken Regal, executive director of Just Harvest, a Pittsburgh anti-hunger organization, tells The American Prospect that after the draft order (which was leaked to the Post), ‘the [immigrant] applications we handled plummeted to zero. Most of the people in that category were undocumented parents of citizen children.’ He adds that many Pittsburgh-based immigrant organizations advised their clients not to […]

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The Pittsburgh Foundation

Just Harvest Education Fund

“TWO DAYS BEFORE he was released from a long hospital stay, Mark Scanlan realized he was going home to an empty refrigerator, with no food stamps or money to buy food. A 60-year-old resident of the South Side, he left a secure job in food services to care for his mother in New Jersey, who was undergoing […]

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The Bulletin

Change afoot for East Liberty Farmers’ Market

“…East Liberty Development, Inc. is partnering with Just Harvest, a local economic justice nonprofit, to enhance the market’s publicity. As large-scale redevelopment continues in East Liberty, the two organizations are working to pinpoint the best long-term location….”

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. delegation, officials respond to Trump’s proposed budget cuts

“….Imposing a work requirement represents a belief that people on food stamps are lazy, said Ken Regal, executive director of anti-hunger nonprofit Just Harvest. “If that’s the policy of the federal government, then we have done a moral disservice to our fellow Americans,” Mr. Regal said. “We already have a process in place that says […]

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NEXT Pittsburgh

Critical Needs Alert, which replaces Day of Giving, set for May 23

Food stamps aren’t actually stamps anymore. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits come on an electronic debit card. And while that’s much more convenient, there’s one problem—they can’t be used at farmers markets, usually the best source for fresh produce, because most farmers can’t scan them. “Right now, 155,000 people in Allegheny County receive food stamps, […]

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