The fourth annual Cupcake Smash benefiting Philabundance took place at the Piazza in Northern Liberties on Saturday, and hundreds of cupcakes were eaten to benefit a worthy cause.
At the end of this school year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it will no longer accept new applicants to its tuition assistance program for children of clergy sex-abuse victims.
A local organization has received a grant to help needy area residents put food on the table.
November marked the first time in the 80-year history of the food stamp program that benefits were cut across the board to all 47-million recipients at once. The New Year may hold even more cuts.
The federal stimulus package that increased funding for food stamps since the financial collapse in 2009, expired Friday. But Pennsylvania U-S Senator Bob Casey is pushing to extend the increased funding levels for another year.
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.
Jay, his wife, and their baby receive $180 per month in “SNAP” benefits, but that is about to drop to $150 per month.
There was criticism from those gathered outside the building where Archbishop Chaput made the announcement regarding the priest administrative leave cases.
Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput is set to appear at a news conference this afternoon to disclose the fate of some of the 27 priests suspended by his predecessor because of allegations of sexual abuse or other misconduct.
“I don’t know if we’re going to have objective answers to what his legacy is. That’s something for historians. It’s not something we can determine in the heat of the moment with trials yet to begin.”
Jeff Brown, president and CEO of a chain of 10 ShopRite stores in our region, says the clinic will provide convenient and affordable care for both basic and preventative health care needs of customers.
While many of us are giving thanks for an abundance of food and opportunity, we must remember those less fortunate. Informed citizens must encourage legislators to deal with poverty issues.
Pennsylvania is offering Disaster SNAP cards for those affected by the flooding. It would be enough for a one month food supply.
While Philadelphia-area Catholics got their first glimpse of the new archbishop today inside the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, protesters outside brought a reminder of the ongoing investigation of child sex abuse by priests.
Accusations of abuse have popped up in places as far apart as Los Angeles and Ireland. Now the Vatican is demanding Diocesan bishops make preventing clergy sexual abuse a top priority.