Advocates look for new ways to fill city ‘food deserts’ | Analysis

BY: - August 15, 2022

An estimated 53.6M people live outside an easy walk or drive to a full-service grocery store.

Food Insecurity in Pa. and beyond | The Numbers Racket

BY: - December 13, 2021

In 2019, 1,353,730 Pennsylvanians - 10.6 percent - were food insecure.

Pa. food banks to receive $11.4M allocation to expand storage infrastructure

BY: - December 9, 2021

Feeding America, a national nonprofit devoted to supporting anti-hunger initiatives, estimates that 1.3 million people in Pennsylvania, including 380,000 children, struggle with food insecurity.


The pandemic has made it harder for 1 in 3 Americans to buy healthy, affordable food | Analysis

BY: - October 27, 2021

Unemployment, coupled with surging gas and food prices, made a hard situation harder for millions of Americans.


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. 


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%


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.


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.


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.