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PNS Daily Newscast - April 24, 2019 


The Supreme Court considers U.S. Census citizenship question – we have a pair of reports. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A look at how poor teacher pay and benefits can threaten preschoolers' success. And the Nevada Assembly votes to restore voting rights for people who've served their time in prison.

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Public News Service - PA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: Four out of five Pennsylvania children who get free breakfasts and lunches at school are missing out on free summer meals, although they are widely available. Photo courtesy Share Our Strength.

PHILADELPHIA – Each year, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania children get free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school, but during the summer months, four out of five aren't taking advantage of free meals also being offered across the state. The Free Summer Meals For Kids program

Hundreds of schools around the commonwealth took part in the Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge, in an effort to enroll more students in school breakfast programs. Photo courtesy of Share Our Strength.

PHILADELPHIA - Summer vacation may be underway, but come fall more students than ever will be taking part in Pennsylvania's school breakfast programs. The increase is due in large part to Pennsylvania's first-ever School Breakfast Challenge. The challenge calls for schools to recruit as many eligib

PHOTO: Fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania will reach more low-income seniors through the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Photo credit: Mary LaFrance.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Putting wholesome foods on the plates of older Pennsylvanians who may not otherwise be able to afford them is the goal of an annual statewide effort just under way. The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program makes vouchers available to seniors, who can use them to buy fruits and

PHOTO: Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania children could get free breakfast and lunch at school if their schools took part in the Community Eligibility Provision. Photo credit: Share Our Strength

PHILADELPHIA - It's estimated that one in six Pennsylvania households with children doesn't have access to enough food - and that while those kids qualify for free meals at school, many aren't taking advantage. A new program aims to change that. Some parents find applying for free school meals unco

PHOTO: Opponents of HB1576 warn it could be detrimental to species like the brook trout, by changing the way wild brook trout streams are designated in the Commonwealth. Photo credit: Daniel Mayer on Wikimedia Commons.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Wildlife in Pennsylvania that needs special protection is the topic of discussion today for a state House panel debating a controversial bill (HB1576) about threatened and endangered species. The bill's opponents say it would disrupt the current process under which scientists from

PHOTO: A new report ranks Pennsylvania 39th among states for student participation in school breakfast programs, and the state is working to improve that ranking. Photo credit: Wikipedia

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Each school day in Pennsylvania, just over 600,000 low-income students sit down to a free or reduced-price school lunch, but a new report reveals fewer than half of them are taking part in school breakfast programs. The Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Sco

PHOTO: Anti-hunger advocates say it's important to remember that some Pennsylvanians' needs will stretch far beyond the holidays. Photo credit: publicdomainpictures.net.

PITTSBURGH – Now that the Thanksgiving spread has been cleared in homes and soup kitchens around the state, what's next for Pennsylvanians who face food insecurity on a daily basis? The concern now runs deeper in the wake of this month's reductions in food stamp or SNAP benefits through the

PHOTO: An estimated 1.8 million Pennsylvanians are affected as food stamp cuts kick in starting today (Nov. 1). Photo courtesty of IStockPhoto.

PHILADELPHIA – Starting today, 1.8 million Pennsylvanians who rely on food stamps will have to do more with less. Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will affect 47 million families nationwide. Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, says it

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