advocacy update archives
Date Posted: 07/18/2014
Help fully fund TEFAP Storage and Distribution. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a crucial source of emergency food that goes directly to the families who need it most. Call Congress today!
Date Posted: 07/18/2014
Have a couple of minutes to spare? While you're filling up your cup of coffee or taking your lunch break, why not join the national call-in days this week by making a quick call to support tax incentives for donations to the Food Bank.
Date Posted: 06/23/2014
Get ready to raise your voice on twitter! On Wednesday, June 25 join us in urging our state leaders to provide increased funding for the State Food Purchase Program (#SFPPworks).
Date Posted: 06/17/2014
It's the New Year, and you can make a resolution to help protect food and nutrition assistance programs this year by starting off with writing a 'virtual postcard' to your member of Congress.
Date Posted: 01/24/2014
Have a spare minute today? Make a New Year's resolution to end hunger in Pennsylvania and start today - it only takes a minute! Send an email to Governor Corbett urging him to protect and strengthen the State Food Purchase Program, the most important state funded program in the fight against hunger.
Date Posted: 12/20/2013
This holiday season, in addition to donating time and money, donate your voice for positive change in our community.
Speak Out! It makes all the difference for your neighbors in need.
Date Posted: 12/19/2013
On November 1, 2013 all SNAP (food stamp) recipients saw a decrease in their benefits. Find out more about why this happened, how it will affect food insecure individuals, and ways to help.
Date Posted: 08/19/2013
Thanks to your phone calls and emails, the House version of the Farm Bill was defeated yesterday - a victory for Americans struggling to put food on the table.
Date Posted: 07/17/2013
There are numerous ways to express a commitment to a cause. We can donate, volunteer, and participate in fundraising events. We can also raise our voices to influence public policy. This is known as advocacy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to impact the things that we care deeply about – like helping hungry neighbors in our communities. Learn what you can do today to help.
Date Posted: 07/02/2013
Keep us posted on any meetings, interactions, or discussions you've had with elected officials.
Date Posted: 07/01/2013
Thanks to the work of advocates throughout Pennsylvania, the PA Department of Education recently made positive changes to the Child & Adult Care Food Program.
Date Posted: 06/20/2013
The U.S. House of Representatives has started debating the Farm Bill this week and devastating cuts to SNAP are being proposed. Join others from all over the country in calling your Representative and urging them to protect and strengthen vital nutrition assistance programs like SNAP.
Date Posted: 06/11/2013
The Senate and House Agriculture Committees both passed their versions of the Farm Bill recently. Yesterday, the full Senate voted to pass their version. Find out how the proposed cuts in these bills would affect hungry people in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S.
Date Posted: 05/15/2013
CEO Lisa Scales and other Food Bank staff members helped deliver letters to our state legislators in Harrisburg on May 14th, supporting adequate funding for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP).
Date Posted: 04/12/2013
President Obama has released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014. How does it affect the programs we care about?
Date Posted: 02/07/2013
Governor Corbett's budget proposal calls for funding for the State Food Purchase Program at the same level as last year.
Date Posted: 01/22/2013
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, other Hunger-Free Pennsylvania members, and members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly gathered in Harrisburg to celebrate the State Food Purchase Program's 20 year anniversary.
Date Posted: 01/10/2013
Find out more about the impact of the "fiscal cliff" agreement on the food bank network and the people we serve.
Date Posted: 12/14/2012
Pennsylvanians struggling with hunger need your help! Please take a moment to send a quick email to Governor Corbett, urging him to protect the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP).
Date Posted: 12/13/2012
811 groups throughout Pennsylvania are urging Governor Corbett to support adequate funding for the State Food Purchase Program.
Date Posted: 08/30/2012
September is Hunger Action Month. Find out more about how you can get involved in the fight against hunger in the month of September.
Date Posted: 07/17/2012
The House Agriculture Committee passed their version of the Farm Bill. What does this mean for hungry people...?
Date Posted: 05/21/2012
Did you know the Farm Bill is up for reauthorization this year? Did you also know the Farm Bill is not just for farmers? Help fight hunger today - write to express your support for food and nutrition assistance programs in the next Farm Bill.
Date Posted: 03/24/2011
With proposed cuts to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) looming, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's very own advocate - CEO Joyce Rothermel - had a letter to the editor published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Wednesday, March 23.
Date Posted: 03/11/2011
This week is National School Breakfast Week. On March 8, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a resolution (H. Res. 153) to recognize National School Breakfast Week and the importance of the School Breakfast Program for children throughout the United States.
Date Posted: 12/30/2010
Thank Congress for protecting America's children! On December 2, by a vote of 264 to 157, the House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307). The bill was signed into law by President Obama on December 13. Thank your Representative today for supporting the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will help millions of children gain access to nutritious food.
Date Posted: 12/14/2010
House Bill 2139, establishing the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) as a program of the Department of Agriculture, passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a vote of 196-0 and was recently signed into law by Governor Rendell. Thank your Representative for passing this vital piece of legislation.