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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill would simplify process for seniors seeking food aid

“…’This is great idea, since it not only reduces the potential barrier on participating senior, but also makes administration simpler and less costly to state governments,’ said Ken Regal, executive director of Pittsburgh-based anti-hunger group Just Harvest. ‘We have better things to do with our tax dollars than make people whose only income is Social […]

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

From A Hot Meal To A Ride To The Doctor, South Side Woman Connects City’s Displaced With Services

“…’I don’t have any direct services myself in terms of housing, work, or anything like that. There is an entity for everything that already exists. My job is to get people to those entities,’ said Plesh. One such entity is Just Harvest, a South Side non-profit fighting hunger in underserved communities. Amanda Fry, the organization’s […]

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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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