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July 31, 2013
Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change. According to the Food Research and Action Center, only one out of seven children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school participates in a summer meal program. While the available data is limited, experts believe many children go hungry during the summer. To help fill the summer meal void, the federal government provides food to the states that is distributed at feeding sites in cities and suburbs.
NEWS
March 29, 1991 | By Vanessa Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of local child advocates, prompted by a recent national study that estimated that 475,000 children in Pennsylvania are hungry or at the risk of being hungry, announced a battle plan yesterday to fight hunger among children in Philadelphia. Calling itself the Philadelphia Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, the coalition's approach will be twofold: to get more money for existing child nutrition programs and to get more children to participate in those programs. "Hungry kids in Philadelphia are too often invisible," said Pamela Rainey Lawler, executive director of the food-distribution charity Philabundance and a member of the coalition.
NEWS
October 27, 1993 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Didn't you always hate school lunches? Just imagine a school breakfast. Then take a look at the breakfast more than 700 students got at the Drew- Pyle Elementary School here yesterday. They were served - served, mind you - sausage-and-egg croissants, blueberry muffins, fruit, orange juice and milk. Plus, there was entertainment; a few jugglers and clowns, the 76ers mascot, Big Shot, and Miss Delaware removing her rhinestone crown to lead them in exercises. It was not, of course, the norm.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2013 | By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press
PENNSDALE, Pa. - The land of scrapple and chipped ham is starting to get a taste for jambalaya and boudin. Thanks to an influx of Southerners filling jobs in north-central Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry, a region not often placed on many culinary maps is finding itself flush with the food found below the Mason-Dixon Line. Suddenly, convenience stores stock sweet tea, barbecue is a hot seller, and the almost Norman Rockwell-quaint Country Store in Pennsdale even makes its own boudin, a pork sausage popular in Louisiana.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
By Kathy Fisher, Carey Morgan, and Jonathan Stein A recent report by the Food Research and Action Center found that more than one in five Pennsylvania families with children struggle to put food on the table. Members of Congress expressed shock and indignation at the findings. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.), who represents a district where nearly half the families are at risk of hunger, said the report shone a "glaring spotlight" on the hardship American children are experiencing.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When people think about helping the hungry at holiday time, they're picturing Thanksgiving or Christmas - not the Fourth of July. Few do-gooders donate turkeys in 90-degree weather. But, experts say, this is the hungriest time of the year for low-income families whose children are out of school and often are not eating breakfast or lunch. That's why Vanessa Poe has been feeding kids this summer at the Lee Taliaferro Library in Darby Township. "Without these meals, I really don't know what they'd be eating," said Poe, 59, a local caterer and trained social worker who volunteers both as director of the library and head of a community feeding program for children.
NEWS
October 10, 2010 | By Alfred Lubrano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's not enough food in Imani Sullivan's life. At home, Sullivan, 31, often doesn't set a fork for herself at the table so that her sons, ages 3 and 10, can eat. Naturally diminutive, Sullivan looks frail these days. She has dropped 15 pounds since losing her part-time janitor job during the summer. Each family meal feels like an obligation she cannot meet, a daily burden multiplied by three.   "It makes me feel like less of a mom not to have food," she says in her mother's North Philadelphia apartment, suddenly overcome by the hardship.
NEWS
February 23, 1997 | By Noel E. Holton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Every morning, before the sun itself is fully awake, millions of working parents begin their morning decathlons: Shave, shower, dress the children, iron the blouse, pack the lunches, drive the kids to the bus stop, head for work. Increasingly, what is missing from the ritual is breakfast. While the truly efficient may have time to enjoy a complete, nutritionally sound meal, the majority are lucky to gulp down a glass of juice. For years, this has concerned child nutrition experts, who can cite statistics showing that children are more attentive and better able to perform in school after eating a balanced breakfast.
NEWS
April 4, 1991 | BY LINDA WRIGHT MOORE
Last week, I came upon two news stories that left me with the desolate feeling we are approaching a time when the "haves" and "have nots" will be irrevocably separate, unequal and disconnected, no longer linked by even the basic commitment to the well-being of our children. A front-page feature by the Inquirer's Melissa Dribben was headlined "The coming of age of the kiddie party. " It suggested that childhood birthday parties are becoming an outlet for parental competitiveness, an opportunity to display one's success by putting on bashes for kids too young to notice all the hoopla.
NEWS
July 28, 1999
During a time when the stock market has risen to record levels, new construction is booming, and vacation paradises are prospering, hunger in American households actually is getting worse. In 1998, 6.4 million more adults and 3.7 million more children experienced what the government calls "food insecurity" than in the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, random surveys by anti-hunger networks and anecdotal evidence indicate that those disturbing levels of food inadequacy have lingered into 1999.
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NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When people think about helping the hungry at holiday time, they're picturing Thanksgiving or Christmas - not the Fourth of July. Few do-gooders donate turkeys in 90-degree weather. But, experts say, this is the hungriest time of the year for low-income families whose children are out of school and often are not eating breakfast or lunch. That's why Vanessa Poe has been feeding kids this summer at the Lee Taliaferro Library in Darby Township. "Without these meals, I really don't know what they'd be eating," said Poe, 59, a local caterer and trained social worker who volunteers both as director of the library and head of a community feeding program for children.
NEWS
July 31, 2013
Many children whose schools provide their only dependable source of nutritious meals go hungry during the summer when school is out. That needs to change. According to the Food Research and Action Center, only one out of seven children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school participates in a summer meal program. While the available data is limited, experts believe many children go hungry during the summer. To help fill the summer meal void, the federal government provides food to the states that is distributed at feeding sites in cities and suburbs.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2013 | By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press
PENNSDALE, Pa. - The land of scrapple and chipped ham is starting to get a taste for jambalaya and boudin. Thanks to an influx of Southerners filling jobs in north-central Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry, a region not often placed on many culinary maps is finding itself flush with the food found below the Mason-Dixon Line. Suddenly, convenience stores stock sweet tea, barbecue is a hot seller, and the almost Norman Rockwell-quaint Country Store in Pennsdale even makes its own boudin, a pork sausage popular in Louisiana.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged to end childhood hunger by 2015. Five years, two elections, and one recession later, the lofty vow is nowhere near a reality. Nearly 17 million American children struggled with hunger in 2011, the latest number available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "It was a realistic pledge, but it's no longer realistic now," said Mariana Chilton, a professor at Drexel University's School of Public Health and a national expert on childhood hunger.
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time, Philadelphia will host a national conference on hunger. The event, scheduled for May 2 through 4, underscores two facts about the city: First, hunger is very much a part of life here, where 25 percent of the population lives in poverty. And, second, local antihunger advocates are organized in their efforts to deal with it. Called "Beyond Hunger: Real People, Real Solutions," the conference will be hosted by the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
By Kathy Fisher, Carey Morgan, and Jonathan Stein A recent report by the Food Research and Action Center found that more than one in five Pennsylvania families with children struggle to put food on the table. Members of Congress expressed shock and indignation at the findings. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.), who represents a district where nearly half the families are at risk of hunger, said the report shone a "glaring spotlight" on the hardship American children are experiencing.
NEWS
October 10, 2010 | By Alfred Lubrano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's not enough food in Imani Sullivan's life. At home, Sullivan, 31, often doesn't set a fork for herself at the table so that her sons, ages 3 and 10, can eat. Naturally diminutive, Sullivan looks frail these days. She has dropped 15 pounds since losing her part-time janitor job during the summer. Each family meal feels like an obligation she cannot meet, a daily burden multiplied by three.   "It makes me feel like less of a mom not to have food," she says in her mother's North Philadelphia apartment, suddenly overcome by the hardship.
NEWS
January 26, 2010 | By Alfred Lubrano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's First Congressional District - which includes Chester, South Philadelphia, and parts of North Philadelphia - is among the hungriest in the nation, according to a report released yesterday. The district, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, is second only to the 16th District in the Bronx, N.Y., for so-called "food hardship," as measured by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a national nonprofit in Washington whose aim is to eradicate hunger. FRAC defines food hardship as the lack of money to buy enough food to satisfy a family's needs.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2006 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It puts the foam on a head of Guinness beer and keeps potato chips fresher longer. It also flash-freezes chickens and oysters, and helps propel metal-cutting laser beams. And it flushes trapped natural gas and oil from underground wells. What is this versatile substance? Nitrogen, a colorless and odorless gas that is 78 percent of every breath we take. Just a few years ago, some in the gas industry thought the nation's nitrogen market would weaken because of low oil prices and the deep slump in manufacturing.
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