News Item Types Archives: Barriers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Another $15 billion for food stamps, but poor households find groceries out of reach

“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress last month approved more than $15 billion for the food stamps program, which provides assistance for 1.8 million low-income Pennsylvanians to purchase groceries. Yet 40% of households receiving food stamps — the neediest recipients — won’t see any increase in their benefits….”

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Publish Date: 04-16-2020

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Daniel Moore

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

How The Coronavirus Impacts People On Food Stamps

“To avoid going out in public, many are turning to online ordering and delivery for basic necessities like groceries. But the coronavirus has created obstacles for many who rely on food stamps. In many states people who receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are not allowed to use their benefits to order […]

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Publish Date: 03-27-2020

News Outlet: 90.5 WESA FM

Author: Lucy Perkins

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Despite Being More User-Friendly, WIC Enrollment Still Falling

“An important supplemental nutrition program for young families continues to lose enrollment in Allegheny County, despite recent changes to make the Women, Infants and Children program more user-friendly. WIC provides financial assistance for groceries to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and families with children up to age five. All U.S. states are required to transition […]

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Publish Date: 02-24-2020

News Outlet: 90.5 WESA FM

Author: Sarah Boden

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Food stamp changes prompt concern

“An event Friday at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne will highlight what are potentially several sweeping changes to the country’s largest food assistance safety-net program. State officials, advocates, social service providers and others will discuss upcoming and proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, usually referred to as food stamps….”

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Publish Date: 02-14-2020

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

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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