Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fighting Hunger a New State Plan Must Address Root Causes, Too

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fighting Hunger a New State Plan Must Address Root Causes, Too

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Last week, the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf announced its plan for reducing hunger in Pennsylvania. Following a one-year planning process, the governor and his Cabinet listed a set of goals that are to be reached over the next four years. While the goals are laudable, will they produce the desired results?

It is estimated that 1.7 million Pennsylvanians experience hunger at some point during the year. At the same time, the state is one of the top agricultural producers in the nation.

Many of the goals in the plan deal with ensuring that Pennsylvanians who qualify for food assistance sign up and receive that assistance. For example, one goal states that the food stamp participation rate will increase to 98 percent from 90 percent in the state.

Most food assistance programs, such as food stamps or the Women, Infants and Children program, originate with the U. …

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