Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
The federal “SNAP” program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is getting less money because a temporary increase in funding, part of the 2009 stimulus plan, is expiring.
The program is available for any child or teen in Philadelphia up to age 18.
Mayor Nutter says that last year the program handed out about 2.8 million meals to about 90,000 young people, and estimates that about 40,000 more were eligible but un-served.
“Vernick” opens near 21st and Walnut, “Spiga” near 13th and Locust, and a center city hotel hosts “Taste of the Nation” to benefit anti-hunger programs in the Delaware Valley.
The 16th annual Walk-Run Against Hunger stepped off from the Art Museum Saturday morning.
Organizers of the annual Walk and Run Against Hunger say the need for food pantries is growing.
A new federal report says more Americans than ever are struggling to eat, and a local food advocate says it’s time to try another way to feed the hungry.