“…In the context of rampant and growing income inequality, terminating categorical eligibility will yank food assistance from 3.1 million Americans with a demonstrated need — 16,000, for instance, in Allegheny County alone — cutting the number of vulnerable Americans currently receiving food stamps by 11 percent. The change would have a huge impact on “near-poor” […]
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“In late July, President Trump launched a frontal assault on the nation’s cornerstone food assistance program: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Trump’s Department of Agriculture announced its plan to terminate broad-based categorical eligibility, which would end states’ ability to let the food insecure who are just above the federal poverty line access food assistance, […]
“Join Pittsburgh nonprofit group Just Harvest for its monthly public-action series, which coordinates letter-writing to address public concerns to lawmakers. This month, the Power of the Pen meet-up is encouraging folks to write letters against a new Trump proposal which threatens to remove access to food stamps from thousands of people in Allegheny County….”
“A forum designed to address immigrant rights in Pittsburgh carried a simple message: Treat immigration rights as a human rights issue. The gathering on Monday night at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Downtown, drew about 40 people. Organizers said they believe educating city and county officials on issues that affect immigrants is key […]
“…Ann Sanders, public policy advocate of the hunger advocacy group Just Harvest told The Confluence’s Megan Harris that the cut would result in 9 percent of recipients—about three million people—losing benefits. She says that the cuts could leave some families scrambling to supplement their food budget, and could also reduce the number of children eligible to get free […]
Lynn Hayes-Freeland interviews Just Harvest’s executive director, Ken Regal, about the new Trump administration proposal to change SNAP eligibility rules.
“A lawsuit is challenging the state Legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf’s termination of a cash assistance program for the poorest Pennsylvanians. General Assistance, a program that provides a monthly benefit of about $205 to more than 11,000 people, is set to end next week….”
“Paris Burgess, all of 11, had a secret about her South Philadelphia block to impart. ‘Some people in this neighborhood don’t have enough to eat….’”
“By shifting its hours of operation to Tuesdays evenings (4 to 7 p.m.) at Arsenal Park, the Lawrenceville Farmers Market is aiming to shake things up in 2019….” See page 11.
“In the final hour of Monday’s show, Lynn speaks with the PA Partnerships for Children about the recent study that highlighted the increase of children in PA living in poverty. The discussion on poverty continues when she speaks to Dawn Marie of Just Harvest at the bottom of the hour, who is on her way […]