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How The Coronavirus Impacts People On Food Stamps

“To avoid going out in public, many are turning to online ordering and delivery for basic necessities like groceries. But the coronavirus has created obstacles for many who rely on food stamps. In many states people who receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are not allowed to use their benefits to order […]

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Just Harvest ramps up Food Stamp Assistance Program

“In response to increased need due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and its economic impacts, Just Harvest has increased staff working on its program to help people with SNAP/food stamps, medical, and TANF/cash assistance applications as well as case advocacy and eligibility screenings. The program is available to Allegheny County residents experiencing poverty or who […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Food events throughout the region impacted by COVID-19

“Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have impacted food events in and around Pittsburgh. The following events are being canceled or postponed: …● Empty Bowls Dinner, which was to be held on Sunday at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside, is being postponed. The Greater Community Pittsburgh Food Bank and Just Harvest will determine the date […]

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Public Source

Kansas City embraced free transit. Here’s what the fare-free debate looks like in Allegheny County.

“Across the country, activists and lawmakers have begun to discuss a radically different approach to making public transit accessible to residents: making it universally free to use. This discussion is also happening in Allegheny County, where public transit advocates hope for fares to be eliminated within 10 years. PublicSource has collected answers to key questions […]

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NEXT Pittsburgh

17 things to do this weekend in Pittsburgh

…Sunday, March 15: Empty Bowls at Rodef Shalom Congregation 1-6 p.m. The concept is simple, yet powerful. Community members come together to share in “a simple meal of soup and bread as a reminder that too many people throughout our region are facing hunger with empty bowls.” Benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just […]

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Despite Being More User-Friendly, WIC Enrollment Still Falling

“An important supplemental nutrition program for young families continues to lose enrollment in Allegheny County, despite recent changes to make the Women, Infants and Children program more user-friendly. WIC provides financial assistance for groceries to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and families with children up to age five. All U.S. states are required to transition […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Food stamp changes prompt concern

“An event Friday at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne will highlight what are potentially several sweeping changes to the country’s largest food assistance safety-net program. State officials, advocates, social service providers and others will discuss upcoming and proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, usually referred to as food stamps….”

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