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Thousands In Allegheny County Could Lose SNAP Benefits Under Proposed Change

“More than 16,000 people in Allegheny County could be impacted by a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The federal Department of Agriculture proposal would tighten restrictions for states that maintain a flexible income eligibility level for SNAP recipients….”

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Publish Date: 09-20-2019

News Outlet: 90.5 WESA FM

Author: Katie Blackley and Sean Spencer

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Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Trump’s food stamps cuts will aggravate inequality: Is this the America we want? | Opinion

“…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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Publish Date: 09-17-2019

News Outlet: Pennsylvania Capital Star

Author: Emily Cleath, Diana Paulson, Dawn Plummer

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OP-ED: Food stamp cuts amid escalating inequality: Is this the America we want?

“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, […]

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Publish Date: 09-14-2019

News Outlet: Observer-Reporter

Author: Emily Cleath, Diana Paulson, Dawn Plummer

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Pittsburgh City Paper

Stay woke: A round-up of educational and social justice events this week in Pittsburgh

“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….”

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Publish Date: 09-06-2019

News Outlet: Pittsburgh City Paper

Author: Lisa Cunningham

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Proposed cuts for SNAP would have vast impact

“…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 […]

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Publish Date: 07-25-2019

News Outlet: 90.5 WESA FM

Author: Megan Harris

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Advocates sue Pa. to stop plan to cut General Assistance funding for the poor

“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….”

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Publish Date: 07-22-2019

News Outlet: The Inquirer

Author: Kate Giammarise

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Bridging Pittsburgh’s Haves And Have-Nots Begins By Learning ‘How A Neighborhood Breathes’

“Federal agriculture officials have proposed stricter work requirements for people who receive food stamps. Ann Sanders, public policy advocate for the South Side-based anti-hunger group Just Harvest, strongly opposes the law, as does the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services….”

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Publish Date: 04-02-2019

News Outlet: 90.5 WESA FM

Author: Megan HArris, Kiley Koscinski, and Julia Zenkevich

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