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Call to Help Fund the Food Bank

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!

Call to Help Food Bank Donations!

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.

Help Fund PA Food Banks with a Tweet!

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).

Join Our Postcard Campaign!

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.

Your Voice Can Help Hungry Pennsylvanians

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.

Call to Protect Hunger-Relief Programs!

Date Posted: 12/20/2013

This holiday season, in addition to donating time and money, donate your voice for positive change in our community.

Tell our members of Congress to protect hunger-relief programs, like SNAP, in the Farm Bill.

Speak Out! It makes all the difference for your neighbors in need.

The SNAP Cliff

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.

House Farm Bill Fails!

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.

Help Protect Charitable Giving Tax Incentives

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.

Stay in Touch

Date Posted: 07/02/2013

Keep us posted on any meetings, interactions, or discussions you've had with elected officials.

Changes to PA Child & Adult Care Food Program

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.

National Call-in Day to Protect SNAP!

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.

Farm Bill Update

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.

Over 800 Groups Support SFPP

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).

Feeding America response to Obama budget

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?

Governor's Budget Proposes Level Funding for SFPP

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.

SFPP 30/20 Anniversary

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.

Impact of "Fiscal Cliff" Agreement

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. 

Urge Governor to Increase Funding for SFPP

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).

800+ Groups Urge Governor to Increase Funding

Date Posted: 12/13/2012

811 groups throughout Pennsylvania are urging Governor Corbett to support adequate funding for the State Food Purchase Program.

September is Hunger Action Month

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.

Farm Bill Update

Date Posted: 07/17/2012

The House Agriculture Committee passed their version of the Farm Bill.  What does this mean for hungry people...?

Help Protect the Safety Net in the Farm Bill

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.

Letter to the Editor

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.

National School Breakfast Week

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.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Signed Into Law

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.  

Thank your Representative for Voting for PASS

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.


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