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Fighting Food Insecurity in PA

At least one in five children here in Pennsylvania struggles with hunger. That’s according to National surveys that estimated, even before the Pandemic, 1.5 Million people in our State struggled with hunger issues every day — and that struggle continues.

Agriculture remains Pennsylvania’s top industry and the man in charge in Harrisburg, the Secretary of Agriculture joining others in stressing that even though you may be hearing about COVID cases dropping and restrictions being lifted, there’s no decrease in the number of families in need of emergency food supplies.

On Thursday, for the third day just this week alone in Centre County, long lines formed for a County YMCA Anti-Hunger Food Distribution event. For many Officials, they rarely use the word hunger. Now, instead its termed ‘Food Insecurity’. Call it what you want, awareness is increasing. Through Local, State, and Federal COVID related care funding in the past year, Millions of dollars have been earmarked in Pennsylvania to put meals on the tables of those in need.

Organizers stressing a transition to long term planning. Each of the YMCA food boxes has 30 pounds of food including a gallon of milk, along with chicken, hotdogs, cheeses and more. What used to be known as food stamps is now SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The State this week is adding a new phone line for those applying for SNAP assistance. State Officials confirming the SNAP applications have been increasing steadily in the past year.

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