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Food stamp funds are about to get cut. Twice.

Food stamp funds are about to get cut. Twice.

The war on public assistance has hit Pennsylvanians hard since Gov. Corbett came into office in 2011. A little over a year ago, he introduced a food stamp asset test, which would seek to make sure those Pennsylvanians receiving SNAP benefits do not have too much money in their savings or checking accounts. Earlier this year, in April, very little fraud was actually...

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Food Stamp Challenge, Day 7: On End Times

Hunger and stress don’t mix too well. The last three days have evidenced that. I spent Friday night packing my belongings in cardboard boxes and Rubbermade totes after a long week of eating on $5 per day, as per my food stamp challenge, to get ready for a Saturday/Sunday move of residency. I stayed in on Friday night, ate pasta with butter, got sort of full,...

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Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: It’s Time for Rationing

Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: It’s Time for Rationing

It’s Day 4 of my food stamp challenge, and I think I’m somewhat used to this new, if temporary, normal. Oats with banana and peanut butter are not a tasty breakfast. But it beats the alternate breakfast food I bought: Nothing. And it keeps me full for a couple hours as I work through the morning. I’ve eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for...

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Food Stamp Challenge, Day 3: On Grocery Stores, Genetically Engineered Food and Assets

Food Stamp Challenge, Day 3: On Grocery Stores, Genetically Engineered Food and Assets

Image: Phila.gov Good morning, all! Welcome to Day 3 of our food stamp challenge. Today I’m going to talk about how I kind of messed up my meal planning, and how PW arts and culture editor Sheena Lester is already off to a good start in terms of using her $35 (the maximum weekly amount available to food stamp recipients) wisely. There are a ton of grocery...

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Food Stamp Challenge, Day 2: Rethinking My Meal Choices

Food Stamp Challenge, Day 2: Rethinking My Meal Choices

Welcome to Day 2 of PW’s food stamp challenge, wherein I eat on just $5 a day—the amount of money the average Philadelphian on food stamps receives from the government. Like I noted yesterday, 31 percent of Philadelphians receive food stamps. That’s more than 450,000 residents. Here’s what I learned after my first full day: I may have some...

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Philadelphia Weekly Staff Writer Randy LoBasso Is Doing the Food Stamp Challenge

Philadelphia Weekly Staff Writer Randy LoBasso Is Doing the Food Stamp Challenge

The holidays are coming up, and for lots of us, that means time with our families, a day or two off work and a general massive increase in food consumption. But for the 473,037 people in Philadelphia (31 percent of the city’s population) who rely on food stamps, things aren’t always so dandy. According to statistics by the Hunger Coalition, the average food...

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