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Pa. communities get influx of federal cash to plant trees

The Urban and Community Forest Program aims to plant and maintain trees, combat extreme heat and climate change, and improve access to nature in cities, towns, and suburbs.

By Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

USDA Food and Nutrition Service adds application requirement for reduced or free school meals

Congress did not extend United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service authority to allow all students to eat school meals free of charge this school year, a choice that will effect around ten million children this school year, according to Forbes.

By Aniya Faulcon

Chesapeake Bay Foundation gets grant to help disadvantaged farmers

The program will allow the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to organize special farm field events that could serve as an opportunity to meet urban farmers in Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg. 

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

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It’s not ketchup packets falling from the sky, it’s rabies vaccine

The USDA says its goal is to push rabies back east until it’s fully eradicated.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Wolf Administration wants more flexibility in adminstering food assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

"Our fear is that the federal government seems to want to get back to normal faster than I think we’re going to be able to do that safely.”
By Liz Reid/WESA

Food stamp changes could have big impact on Pa. families

Trump admin. wants more consistency in program
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pa. officials voice concern over Trump administration’s planned cuts to SNAP food assistance

The proposed changes would slash federal food assistance to low-income families by $4.5 billion over five years.
By Brett Sholtis

Still reeling from 2018 rainfall, Pa. farmers offered emergency USDA loan

“[The rain] started right out of the gate in the spring...and it just never stopped."
By Min Xian/SpotlightPA