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2012-06-30 22:20:03

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Public Welfare Gary D. Alexander yesterday announced the funding appropriations for DPW's fiscal year 2012-13 state budget and the continued efforts to preserve the safety net of services that continue to serve millions of Pennsylvanians. "Governor Corbett has once again signed a fiscally prudent budget that will help preserve core services for the neediest Pennsylvanians and deliver value to the taxpayers," said...

2012-04-18 06:28:56

Statement Attributable to Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America CHICAGO, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Feeding America is outraged by the House Agriculture Committee's vote today to drastically cut spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by over $33 billion. Cutting SNAP, particularly at a time when millions of Americans are struggling and the need for food assistance has never been greater, is simply wrong. "Coming at a time of...

2012-03-20 14:21:02

Urges Congress to Maintain Funding for Federal Nutrition Programs CHICAGO, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier today, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled his budget proposal for 2013. Like the House budget proposal for 2012, the plan would convert the Supplement Food Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) into a "block grant" program. The likely result of this harmful proposal, which was estimated last year to cut funding by...

2011-09-13 12:07:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement Attributable to Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America: "Today the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the nation's poverty rate rose to 15.1 percent in 2010, up from 14.3 percent in 2009 -- the highest level since 1993. Poverty affects African Americans and Latinos at nearly triple the rate of non-Hispanic whites. "This reported increase is not a surprise to Feeding America. We know that more and more people are...

2008-09-07 15:00:17

Text of report by Ghanaian privately-owned radio station Joy FM on 6 September [Unattributed report: "African Ministers and Donors Chart Way Forward on Soaring Food Prices"] At a landmark dialogue held in Accra yesterday, over 40 African Ministers met with heads of donor agencies to discuss the crises caused by soaring food and fuel prices, and urged the international donor community to "untie aid and remove restrictions on food aid so that the adverse impacts of the crisis on people and...