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Op-Ed: Congress must boost SNAP benefits to address hunger crisis

“The economic downturn accompanying the pandemic has cost millions their jobs, and millions more have faced reduced hours and wages. The problem is perhaps particularly acute in Pennsylvania. As of June, our state unemployment rate of 13% was the ninth worst in the country and far worse than its peak of 8.7% during the Great Recession. […]

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Pittsburgh Business Times

Black Workers Matter protest planned in Oakland this morning to highlight ‘Hypocrisy Alley’ corporations

“A group called Black Workers Matter is holding a protest in Oakland to highlight the neighborhood’s “Hypocrisy Alley” corporations who support the Black Lives Matter movement but that allegedly underpay and fail to protect its Black workforce. The group named Starbucks, UPMC and McDonalds, which all have a presence on Forbes Avenue, but added that […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As record numbers of Pennsylvanians struggle, more ask for help

“With many businesses still partially or completely closed and unemployment climbing, some Pennsylvanians are turning to public programs to make ends meet — though far fewer than might be expected given double-digit jobless numbers and long lines at free food distribution sites….”

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Pittsburgh City Paper

Lawrenceville and Bloomfield markets lead the way, open with pandemic protocols

“On Sat., May 9, the Bloomfield Saturday Market will open for the season, but things will look drastically different. Rather than the typical lot packed with mingling, chatting shoppers and farmers, consumers (in limited numbers) will be directed on a one-way path through vendors spaced six-feet apart, following strict social distancing guidelines….”

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Carnegie Mellon University

Sawyer Series: “Bread and Water,” Food Insecurity and Sickness

“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation granted Carnegie Mellon University $225,000 for a 2019-2020 Sawyer Seminar on “Bread and Water: Access, Belonging and Environmental Justice in the City.” The seminar brought international scholars together with Pittsburgh-area experts to uncover the barriers and limits to urban food and water systems in comparative perspective….”

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