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With pandemic SNAP benefits expired, central Pa. food banks see sharp rise in people seeking help

In Pennsylvania, where nearly 2 million depend on SNAP, there was an average loss of $181 SNAP dollars per household after the emergency allotments ended in March, according to the state Department of Human Services.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

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Nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians effected by SNAP emergency allotments ending, local organizations share resources

On The Spark Thursday, Shelley Peterson, Community Progress Council’s Director of Housing Education, and Amy Hill, Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, joined us to discuss the impact of SNAP emergency allotments ending and resources to help SNAP recipients during this transition.

By Aniya Faulcon

Millions will lose emergency food stamp payments next month

On average, people in Pennsylvania will be losing roughly $94 per person, per month in assistance.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Lawsuit settlement will bring millions in additional food stamp funds to Pa.

Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania households will receive additional food stamp benefits, thanks to a settlement agreement as a result of a federal lawsuit.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Food assistance for four-year college students extended through end of pandemic

In order to qualify, students must also have an estimated family contribution of zero dollars on their federal financial aid forms, and be work-study eligible although not necessarily working, per language from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Pa. temporarily expands SNAP eligibility for college students

The temporary changes in eligibility will extend through the end of the COVID-19 health emergency, which the Biden administration has said is expected to last throughout 2021.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA