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File #: 170829    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/28/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/5/2017
Title: Calling on the United States Congress to fight hunger in Philadelphia by opposing any efforts to block grants, reduce funding, or structurally change the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in any way that would negatively impact its recipients, and oppose efforts to cut other federally funded nutrition programs.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17082900.pdf, 2. Signature17082900.pdf
Title
Calling on the United States Congress to fight hunger in Philadelphia by opposing any efforts to block grants, reduce funding, or structurally change the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in any way that would negatively impact its recipients, and oppose efforts to cut other federally funded nutrition programs.

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WHEREAS, September is Hunger Action Month; and

WHEREAS, More than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians struggle with hunger and food insecurity, 325,940 Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS Philadelphia is the 10th hungriest city in America, with a poverty rate of 25.8% and a child poverty rate of 38%; and

WHEREAS, More than half of American children experience food insecurity and receive help from SNAP before age 18, often due to unforeseen family circumstances, such as a parent or guardian's job loss, inadequate employment hours, divorce or family health issues; and

WHEREAS, SNAP serves as a foundation to the first line of defense against hunger, helping more than 14% of Pennsylvanians buy groceries every month and lifting more than 13% of households out of poverty; and

WHEREAS, 485,241 Philadelphia residents participate in SNAP, including 182,009 children, 69,144 seniors, and 72,821 persons with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, SNAP brings an average of nearly $65 million per month in purchasing power to local residents, allowing them to supplement low-wages and fixed incomes and direct their limited income to other necessities; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphians additionally rely on the Federal Food and Nutrition Programs beyond SNAP for Pennsylvania's state and local governments' anti-hunger efforts; and

WHEREAS, The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides vital support to food banks and other charities in their efforts to help feed the most vulnerable Philadelphians; and

WHEREAS, The Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides boxes of specified foods to thousands of low-income Philadelphia senior citizens; and

WHEREA...

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