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Smart Talk: Hunger in Central PA; Penn State turns football season around

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 3, 2016 4:35 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, November 3, 2016:

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank provides meals to almost 50,000 people each week or 453,000 annually in its 27 county service area.

Of the clients who the Food Bank serves, 86% live in households that are "food insecure" meaning all people at all times don't have access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

About 65% of client households have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty level.

Why are there so many people in Central Pennsylvania who don't have enough food to eat?  It goes back to the Great Recession that began in 2007.  Nine years later, many families haven't recovered.

WITF is partnering with Wegmans and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Thursday to raise money to provide meals for those in need.

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Jennifer Powell - Director of Development, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank / Bob Finn - Manager, Wegmans of Mechanicsburg

Joining us on Smart Talk to discuss hunger are Jennifer Powell, Director of Development for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Bob Finn, the store manager at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg.

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Also, seemingly out of nowhere, the Penn State Nittany Lion football team has turned its season around and could be on the way to their best record in almost a decade.  Just over a month ago, Penn State had just been beaten 49-10 by Michigan.  It seemed to be a low point in the almost five years since the NCAA imposed sanctions on the football program as the result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. 

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Greg Pickel - Reporter,

The Nittany Lions had a two win two loss record and fans started calling for Coach James Franklin's job.  But since then, they've won four games in a row, including a huge victory over then second-ranked Ohio State, and are ranked in college football's top 25 for the first time since 2011.

PennLive's Penn State reporter Greg Pickel explains the turnaround on Thursday's Smart Talk.

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