Food Insecurity

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SNAP benefits, sometimes referred to as food stamps, were in a precarious position until this week when Congress approved a compromise on a 10-year, $867 billion farm bill that no longer requires recipients to meet a work requirement as previously proposed. 

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At Markeya Lowery’s last case management job, she filled a similar role to the one she has now – helping people address all the distractions and hardships that make going to school and holding down a steady job really difficult.

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As University of Pittsburgh junior Brooke McEvoy walks through the Pitt Pantry, she points out some of its selection: cereal, soup, fresh produce. The pantry is located in the basement of the Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland and McEvoy is the president of its student executive board.

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Officials at the Community College of Allegheny County’s south campus are trying to fight student hunger with a new food pantry.

School management came to the idea after a student allegedly stole a hoagie from a sandwich sale, said Kelli Maxwell, dean of student development at CCAC south campus.

“It is a theft, so we decided to issue the student a warning,” Maxwell said. “But it was really eye opening for us, in terms of what we need to do to help eliminate hunger.”