Food Stamps

Essential Pittsburgh
2:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

When it Comes to Food Banks, Pittsburgh is a Tale of Two Cities

In response to greater demand on local food banks, Pittsburgh Foundation launched a community-wide appeal for food pantries in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.
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The holiday season is always a busy time for food banks and food pantries as they try to provide the basics-and a few extras-for those in need.

With the recent reduction in the allocation of federal food stamps, many low-income people have fewer resources to put food on the table this holiday season.

As a consequence, there has been a surge in demand at local food banks and food pantries.

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Community
3:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Allegheny County Residents to DPW Head: Fix the Department!

Department of Public Works Secretary Bev Mackareth (left) and adviser Heather Hallman listen to community concerns about the department at a forum in Pittsburgh.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Lost paperwork, benefit delays, being hung up on or treated rudely – those are just some of the problems faced by some residents of Allegheny County as they try to navigate through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for either food assistance or health benefits. On Wednesday, Just Harvest, an agency which helps connect people to services, held a meeting with DPW Secretary Beverly Mackareth and concerned residents who outlined problems they’ve had and some of what they’d like to see going forward.

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Government & Politics
4:12 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Food Stamp Funding Drops as of November

SNAP benefits, also know as food stamps and EBT funds, will be reduced starting Friday.
Credit Clementine Gallot / Flickr

Starting November 1, families receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also referred to as food stamps, will see the amount of assistance drop. That’s because a boost in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal stimulus, expires.

“We have 1.8 million individuals who receive the SNAP benefit in Pennsylvania,” said Carey Miller, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. “We would expect that there would be about a 5 percent reduction to those individual SNAP benefits.”

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Economy
3:46 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Cuts to Food Stamps to Impact 1.8 Million Pennsylvanians

When the 1.8 million Pennsylvanians on food stamps wake up on November 1, they will have less money for their breakfast.

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.

Ken Regal, executive director of Just Harvest, said the reduction will average $29 a month for a family of three.

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