Fetterman introduces legislation to cancel school lunch debt

BY: - September 25, 2023

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) has introduced legislation, along with Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) that would cancel school lunch debt nationwide. The bill would apply to all “debt,” incurred under the National School Lunch Program, which operates at public and nonprofit private schools. “‘School lunch debt’ is a term so absurd […]

Food benefits for low income families at risk in a government shutdown, White House says

BY: - September 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — As Congress barrels toward a partial government shutdown, the White House Monday warned that a program that helps millions of low income families afford healthy food could see substantial cuts. The White House released a state-by-state breakdown, estimating that nearly 7 million people who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, […]

Farm bill timeline in flux as a messy September for Congress nears

BY: - August 16, 2023

WASHINGTON — The roundtables, listening sessions and appearances at farm shows have largely wrapped up and lawmakers tasked with reauthorizing the nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs are comparing notes and beginning to draft the massive, multi-year farm bill. The 2018 version expires Sept. 30, just as many urgent priorities compete for floor time in Congress […]

Fetterman introduces bill to allow striking workers to collect SNAP benefits

BY: - July 27, 2023

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., is introducing legislation today that would allow workers on strike to collect SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps.  The Food Secure Strikers Act comes amid a summer wave of union organizing activity — from locomotive plant workers in Erie to Hollywood writers and actors. A strike by newsroom workers […]

Pa.’s Fetterman, U.S. Senate Dems seek answers from USDA on SNAP program changes

BY: - June 26, 2023

'We remain concerned about the changes to eligibility and increases to work requirements overall,' the lawmakers wrote.

New work requirements for some SNAP recipients included in debt limit deal

BY: - May 31, 2023

Some limitations on TANF made it into Saturday’s agreement, but work requirements for Medicaid were dropped.


SNAP work requirements don’t get people working. But they do drastically reduce aid | Opinion

BY: - April 30, 2023

Work requirements do reduce federal spending. But they come at the expense of already vulnerable people.

U.S. House GOP plan would expand work requirements for food aid for older adults

BY: - April 25, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Limit, Save, Grow Act proposes returning discretionary spending to fiscal 2022 levels in exchange for raising the nation’s borrowing limit, often called the debt ceiling, by $1.5 trillion — but only through March 31, 2024, at the latest.

Shapiro admin encourages Pennsylvanians affected by SNAP changes to seek help if they need it

BY: - March 21, 2023

The expiration of the expanded federal benefit affects approximately 1.9 million people across the commonwealth, according to the Department of Human Services, which administers SNAP allocations in Pennsylvania. 

As enhanced SNAP benefits end, Pa.’s First Lady stresses support for food banks

BY: - February 22, 2023

'Having access to healthy food is essential to living a healthy, productive life,' First Lady Lori Shapiro said.

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Extra SNAP benefits are ending. What happens next? | Analysis

BY: - February 21, 2023

U.S. lawmakers are resuming the battle over program that helps low-income Americans buy food.

U.S. Senate panel spars over elevated food assistance spending in upcoming farm bill

BY: - February 17, 2023

The bulk of the food assistance programs included in the farm bill nutrition title consists of SNAP benefits.