Just Harvest http://wesa.fm en DPW Closing East Liberty Office http://wesa.fm/post/dpw-closing-east-liberty-office <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> 4/1/14 11:09 am</p><p>The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has announced that it will continue to offer services in East Liberty.&nbsp; It is in the process of looking for a new permanent home for the office.</p><p><strong>ORIGINAL STORY:</strong></p><p>A Department of Public Welfare office in Pittsburgh is closing, and Just Harvest is taking a stand for the workers and families that will be affected.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:01:09 +0000 Jess Lasky 26758 at http://wesa.fm Local Impact of Budget Cuts to Supplemental Food Programs http://wesa.fm/post/local-impact-budget-cuts-supplemental-food-programs <p></p><p><strong>SNAP Loses Funding for the Poor</strong></p><p>Last month, for the first time in its history, <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/cuts-in-federal-food-benefits-mean-tightened-belts-for-residents-and-charities-alike/Content?oid=1715405">cuts were made</a> across America to the food-stamp program known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).</p><p>Pennsylvania's program has lost $183 million; for families and food banks, the impact can be felt most around the holidays.</p><p>Catherine Buhrig, Division Director in the Bureau of Policy for the PA Department of Public Welfare and Ken Regal, executive director of <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/">Just Harvest</a>, educate people and help them apply for SNAP benefits.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Buhrig sees firsthand the significance of <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/cutting-snap-benefits-not-snap-decision">these cuts</a> to those families that live under the poverty line.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:08:39 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21341 at http://wesa.fm Local Impact of Budget Cuts to Supplemental Food Programs Food Banks Plead for Piece of a Diminishing Federal Funding Pie http://wesa.fm/post/food-banks-plead-piece-diminishing-federal-funding-pie <p>Representatives of more than a dozen local food banks and other public service organizations made their annual plea to Pittsburgh City Council for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg">Community Development Block Grant funding</a> on Tuesday.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/">Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank</a> asked for $200,000, which is consistent with what they received in years past.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:45:04 +0000 Liz Reid 20094 at http://wesa.fm Cuts to Food Stamps to Impact 1.8 Million Pennsylvanians http://wesa.fm/post/cuts-food-stamps-impact-18-million-pennsylvanians <p>When the 1.8 million Pennsylvanians on food stamps wake up on November 1, they will have less money for their breakfast.</p><p>A nationwide cut will reduce the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by $183 million in Pennsylvania and $5 billion nationwide.</p><p>Ken Regal, executive director of Just Harvest, said the reduction will average $29 a month for a family of three.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 19:46:22 +0000 Jessica Nath 14307 at http://wesa.fm As Farmers Markets Sprout Up, So Does Effort to Include Food Stamps http://wesa.fm/post/farmers-markets-sprout-so-does-effort-include-food-stamps <p>Farmers markets are opening all over the region with fresh, wholesome and affordable produce, and there are efforts to make sure everyone is able to share in the bounty. &nbsp;</p><p>Ken Regal, Executive Director of Just Harvest, said the 160,000 residents of Allegheny County on Food Stamps have often been unable to use them at farmers markets because vendors usually only accept cash.&nbsp;</p><p>This year, however, Just Harvest will staff kiosks at two Citiparks farmers markets where Food Stamps, as well as commercial debit and credit cards, can be used to buy tokens. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:46:04 +0000 Charlee Song 9867 at http://wesa.fm