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A sign at a store in Muncie, Indiana, announces that the store accepts SNAP benefits. (Shutterstock Photo/Jonathan Weiss)
Here’s How an Increase in SNAP Benefits Can Help Pennsylvania’s Food Insecurity

The 15% increase in monthly SNAP benefits in the American Rescue Plan helps 1.8 million Pennsylvanians and amounts to about $25 more per person per month.

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Biden Takes Aim at America’s Growing Hunger Crisis With Executive Orders

Around 40 million Americans say they don't have enough to eat, according to the latest data from the US Census Bureau.

Volunteers load boxes of food into a car during a Greater Pittsburgh Community Food bank drive-up food distribution in Duquesne, Allegheny County, on Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
State’s Food Banks Struggle With Increased Need and Necessary Change During Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented need—for more than just food—in food banks across Pennsylvania.

Flight attendants, airline pilots and other aviation workers hold a protest urging the US Congress to pass a Covid-19 relief package on September 9, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Congress Might Finally Approve Stimulus. Here’s What Americans Say They Need It For.

As a breakthrough in negotiations appears imminent, COURIER asked Americans what they would do with a new stimulus check as the coronavirus continues to rampage across the country.

Despite their service to the country, the US military has not been spared the economic ravages of the pandemic and hunger has soared among military families, according to reports.
Almost 40% of Military Families Are Struggling to Put Food on the Table

Despite their service, military families have not been spared the economic ravages of the pandemic and food insecurity is reportedly soaring.

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SNAP Applications Are Spiking. Advocates Say Congress Needs to Expand the Program Now.

Pennsylvania counties are seeing a surge of food insecurity. In Philadelphia, it has increased from 16.3% in 2018 to 21.8% this year. Rural areas are affected, too: In Elk County, it's at 15.9% (up from 9.9% in 2018).

In this aerial view from a drone, people line up in their cars to receive food assistance at the Share Your Christmas food distribution event sponsored by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Faith Neighborhood Center, and WESH 2 at Hope International Church on December 9, 2020 in Groveland, Florida, near Orlando. As government support has run out and food banks are strapped, more Americans are shoplifting to make ends meet. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
With No COVID Aid in Sight, Americans Are Turning to Shoplifting for Food

The federal government has failed to provide additional unemployment aid since July, and food banks are inundated.