food-insecurity

COMMENTARY

More Americans couldn’t get enough to eat in 2020. The middle class was hit hardest | Opinion

BY: - September 27, 2021

Food insufficiency rates rose across the board, researchers who analyzed government data found. But food banks did help.

Report finds 2M Pennsylvanians struggled with food insecurity during the pandemic

BY: - September 15, 2021

In 2020, nearly 1 in 20 Pennsylvanians were “newly food insecure,” meaning they did not have reliable access to adequate, nutritious meals during the pandemic. 

COMMENTARY

Research: If you send kids home with food for the weekend, test scores go up | Analysis

BY: - August 26, 2021

'BackPack' programs appear to shrink the gap in test scores between economically disadvantaged and advantaged students by about 15%

COMMENTARY

Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism | Opinion

BY: - May 4, 2021

By Jacob Kirksey The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Making a healthy breakfast available to students not only can help alleviate hunger and improve concentration at school; it also appears to encourage regular attendance, according to new research I co-authored. In a study published in February 2021, […]

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Feds issue year-long extension of free food for school students

BY: - April 22, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week issued a year-long extension of a waiver program that lets schools send free food home with students. Originally set to expire this September, the program will now be in effect through June 2022. 

Ag. Sect’y Vilsack keys in on food insecurity, nutrition in budget request; Pa. other states impacted

BY: - April 14, 2021

In 2019, more than 35 million people were experiencing food insecurity, but that number jumped to 42 million during the pandemic, according to Feeding America, which is a network of food banks across the U.S.

COMMENTARY

Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration authority permits crucial food assistance for Pa. | Teresa Miller

BY: - April 14, 2021

In Pennsylvania, the constitutional amendment questions on the ballot this May could put all of this money for food, and all of the families who rely on it, at risk.

COMMENTARY

Pa. to distribute 7.9M lbs. of emergency food to food banks | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 6, 2021

'While we’re actively getting Pennsylvanians back to work as the pandemic slows, many are still recovering from severe economic stress which has in turn stressed our charitable food system,' a top official said.

Pittsburgh advocacy groups and distillery hand out meals for families and pets just before Christmas

BY: - December 23, 2020

412 Food Rescue is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team and local distillery Maggie’s Farm Rum to distribute 420 grocery boxes and 400 bags of dog and cat food at the Heinz Field Gold Parking Lot 1 from 12-2 p.m. on Dec. 23.

COMMENTARY

We say America is a ‘Christian nation.’ Here’s what that would look like if we really meant it | Opinion

BY: - December 4, 2020

There is more than enough to provide food, housing, healthcare, education, and so many other essentials for everyone to live with dignity if we are willing to share — and willing to work to create the political will to make it happen.

In Fayette County, hunters share the harvest to feed the hungry | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 1, 2020

Last year, more than 4,000 hunters donated about 160,000 pounds of venison – the highest total in the 29 years the program has been in place.

‘We are in desperate need of volunteers’: How Uniontown’s Salvation Army is scrambling to help those in need | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 26, 2020

"We are in desperate need of volunteers," one official said. "We need people on a regular basis, in the soup kitchen especially."