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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - PA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Only 41 percent of eligible elderly households are participating in SNAP. (USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Congress is debating changes that would tighten access to SNAP, the federal nutrition program that helps 1.8 million Pennsylvanians get the food they need to stay healthy. The Farm Bill, which includes SNAP, is set to expire on September 30. House Republicans have passed a

Studies show that SNAP benefits help families purchase healthier diets. (TeroVesalainen/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report links access to SNAP benefits to improved health and lower health care costs. The paper, published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, compiles studies of the health status of low-income people who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutritio

In Pennsylvania, SNAP benefits help about 683,900 children each month.  (USDA/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Federal SNAP benefits give thousands of Pennsylvania children the foundation they need to grow into healthy adults, a new report says. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report showed that SNAP - formerly known as food stamps - helps lift millions of low-income chil

This Saturday, several Pennsylvania cities join GMO protests planned in 36 countries on six continents. (Rosalee Yagihara/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - "Four simple words": That's what consumer advocates say they want to see on foods containing genetically modified organisms. On Saturday in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other cities around the state, groups are holding what they call a "March Against Monsanto" -- one of the largest pr

Without a state budget, nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels for Pennsylvania seniors are running out of money. Credit: U.S. Aair Force.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The four-month budget impasse in Harrisburg is hitting services for seniors particularly hard. In some counties, state funds account for 80 percent or more of the budget for human services. Ray Landis, director of advocacy for AARP Pennsylvania, says vital care for seniors i

One out of five children in the Philadelphia area lives in deep poverty. Credit: Phillies1fan777/en.wikipedia

PHILADELPHIA – When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families later this month, advocates will issue a call to action against hunger. In preparation for the pope's visit, politicians, business leaders, community-service providers and those facing food insecurity will

A new report on hunger in the Philadelphia area finds that emergency food providers are challenged to keep up with the growing demand. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

PHILADELPHIA - Over the past year in Philadelphia one in four people faced times when he or she did not know where to find a next meal. Tom Mahon, communications manager with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says that's one of the findings from the organization's survey of the re

PHOTO: About one in five Pennsylvania children who qualify for free or low-cost school meals also takes part in summer feeding programs, according to a new report. Photo courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More low-income children are in feeding programs over the summer, but about 80 percent of those who qualify in Pennsylvania are not. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center found about 200,000 more low-income American children were in the programs in 2014 than in 201

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