This August marked the 50th Anniversary of the Food Stamp Program, currently the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. As we look back on these 50 years, it is important to bring attention to the innovative ways in which Snap has provided nutritional assistance to millions of low-income individuals and families, as well as its efforts to bring health and economic benefits to communities. One of the most recent ways we have seen this innovation is through the abil
Election Day is just two weeks away and the issues that matter to us most are being decided at the polls. Hunger-Free Pennsylvania has been working year-round to ensure that anti-hunger programs statewide receive the resources needed for food-insecure Pennsylvanians. But on Nov. 4, we need your help to elect individuals who will support Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations. Today, providing aid to those in need has become politically diverse. Nowhere is that more evide
As the debate around funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly called “food stamps,” continues at the federal level, real people continue to get caught in the crossfire. As many as 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, including 740,000 children, already lost some of their food-aid benefits when parts of SNAP expired last month. In Congress, elected leaders remain at loggerheads over a path forward in 2014.
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Sunday morning is my typical grocery shopping day. The time of day, on this day of the week, makes for a quick in and out. But this Sunday was unlike others. The store was busier and the crowds were bigger. It turned out to be the day before the computer system that runs the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly called “food stamps,” shut down erroneously in 17 states, including Pennsylvania.
When I finally got to the register, there were two young l
The news keeps getting worse on the anti-hunger front. Demand for a key anti-hunger program that serves low-income and homebound senior citizens continues to grow, with the number of individuals awaiting benefits now more than double what it was at this time last year, new figures show. At the end of October, 3,590 Pennsylvanians were on the waiting list for the federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides life-sustaining meal deliveries and nutrition se
Approximately 49 million Americans a year suffer from hunger and food insecurity. And today, if it’s even possible, their lives just got that much harder. The 2009 federal stimulus bill included vital aid to families affected by the economic slowdown, increasing benefit allocations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly called “food stamps.” Those increases expire today.
In Pennsylvania, 1.8 million residents, including 740,000 children, will l