800+ Groups Urge Governor to Increase Funding
More than 800 hunger relief organizations, religious congregations, student groups, human service agencies and other organizations are urging the administration to increase funding for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP), one of Pennsylvania’s most important tools in the fight against hunger and a critical support for Pennsylvania’s network of food assistance providers.
Since the 2006-07 fiscal year, funding for the program has dropped 7.5 percent while the SFPP eligibility has increased 42.9 percent. More than 1.36 million Pennsylvania residents now qualify for the program, which is funded through the state Department of Agriculture.
That's why 811 groups throughout Pennsylvania (over 300 from the Food Bank's service area) signed on to a letter to support an appropriation of $24 million for the program in the upcoming state budget.
- See the official press release and a copy of the letter on Hunger-Free Pennsylvania's website.
- If you support this effort, please also visit Hunger-Free Pennsylvania and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's Facebook pages to 'like' our posts about the sign-on letter.
- For more information about the State Food Purchase Program, visit the Food Bank's Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs page.