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Welfare Taxed

Brighton Heights resident Anita Lawrence-Bandy realized she might be in for a rough patch after losing her job. Times are tough all over. What the 52-year-old didn’t realize, however, is how difficult it would be to just get someone from the state Department of Public Welfare to pick up the phone. Like unemployed people across the state […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A nutrition swap

Does it make sense to skimp on a child’s dinner to pay for his or her lunch? Unfortunately, our Congress seems to think so. As Congress returned for its “lame duck” session, it was faced with important, immediate decisions regarding the well-being of America’s children and families. Sometime after Thanksgiving, the House will consider Senate […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Poverty moves into the suburbs

Life in America’s suburbs, isn’t all commuting and scout meetings anymore, if it ever was. Among its many side effects, the Great Recession brought into stark relief the fact that poverty has taken root in the nation’s suburban areas. Once seen as a problem only in urban and rural areas, the strains caused by lost […]

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Just Harvest honors AFL-CIO’s first Black VP

With national elections just weeks away, Arlene Holt Baker is only half joking when she calls this time of year her “busy season.” But the two-term executive vice president of the AFL-CIO isn’t too busy to fly across the country and speak at the 21st annual Harvest Celebration Dinner, the major fundraising event for Just […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Markets to accept food benefits

When food stamps went from paper to plastic at the turn of this century, shoppers who received food assistance were virtually shut out at farmers markets. That is changing locally with this market season. Pittsburgh’s seven Citiparks farmers markets and Downtown Washington’s Main Street farmers market will install electronic benefit transfer (EBT) machines to accommodate people who receive federal […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CSA sign-up season is upon us

Just a few years ago when we wrote about CSA, we figured we had to explain that the letters stand for “community supported agriculture,” in which customers pay farmers in advance for shares of their harvest. Now, regular readers of this section and other foodie types are likely to know what CSA is, and many of them […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dinner will Share the Harvest

Looking for a non-foolish way to spend the evening of April 1? Consider attending the first Share the Harvest dinner at Enrico Biscotti Co. in Highland Park. The bread and sweets baker is teaming with Just Harvest and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture for a fundraising event designed to support CSA shares for two […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1,500 turn out for Empty Bowls Dinner

Leon Donnenberg, 90, only had to come from across the street, but new mother Lexxie Owen traveled from Kittanning, the Armstrong County seat some 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, with 4-month-old Mia. Emcee Larry Berger said he also talked to attendees from State College and Florida. The attraction was the 15th annual Empty Bowls Dinner, […]

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Pittsburgh Magazine

Empty Bowls, Open Hearts

As the nation’s recession treks on, so does hunger, and this part of the country is no exception. Hunger transcends all geographic areas in southwestern Pennsylvania, even despite social or economic levels, according to The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB). A southwestern Pennsylvania hunger report from the GPCFB shows that one in seven children […]

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