Thursday, October 30, 2014

Available Food Assistance Programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)

What is it?
SNAP is a federal benefit program that puts food on the tables of low-income households. SNAP recipients in Pennsylvania use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, also known as ACCESS. This card works like a debit card and can be used at grocery stores, supermarkets and some farmers markets. SNAP benefits buy food items or seeds and plants to grow your own food.

Do I qualify?
The SNAP program will look at all kinds of factors to determine your eligibility, like whether you have an elderly or disabled person living in your household, your savings account, medical bills, etc. Eligibility is also based on monthly income and expenses.

Households where all members receive or are authorized to receive Cash Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Family Works (FW) are considered categorically eligible for SNAP, which means they do not have to meet resource or income limits.

Because eligibility varies depending on your circumstances, even if you earn more than the eligibility range below, you may still qualify. The best way to determine if your household will qualify for SNAP is to apply.

SNAP Income Guidelines
Household Size
Maximum Gross Monthly Income (2014)
Maximum Gross Monthly Income for Families with Elderly/Disabled Members (2014)
1
$1,557
$1,946
2
$2,098
$2,622
3
$2,640
$3,300
4
$3,181
$3,976
5
$3,722
$4,652
6
$4,264
$5,330
7
$4,805
$6,006
8
$5,346
$6,682
each additional member
+$542
+$678


How do I apply?
You can apply at www.compass.state.pa or in-person at your local County Assistance Office.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

What is it?
WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental food and nutrition services for pregnant and postpartum women, as well as infants and children under age five.

Do I qualify?
All pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five can be eligible. Income eligibility standards must be met for new participants and for recertifying current participants. Participants must also have medical or nutritional risk, which will be determined at the certification appointment. Participants must reside in Pennsylvania. WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status.

WIC Income Guidelines
Household Size
(include unborn children)
Monthly Approximate Income (2014)
Annual Income (2014)
1
$1,799
$21,590
2
$2,425
$29,101
3
$3,050
$36,612
4
$3,676
$44,123
5
$4,302
$51,634
6
$4,928
$59,145
7
$5,554
$66,656
8
$6,180
$74,167
each additional member
+$626
+$7,511


How do I apply?
Find your local WIC office at http://www.pawic.com/91/Local+Agency+List.html.

National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs

What is it?
The National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs provide free or low-cost nutritious meals to school children in an effort to encourage learning in school. Children can receive these meals in school until age 18. Free Summer Food Programs are also available.

Do I qualify?

National School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Household Size
Monthly Income for
Free Meals
(Through June 30, 2015)
Monthly Income for
Reduced Price Meals 
(Through June 30, 2015)
1
$973
$1,800
2
$1,311
$2,426
3
$1,650
$3,051
4
$1,988
$3,677
5
$2,326
$4,303
6
$2,665
$4,929
7
$3,003
$5,555
8
$3,341
$6,181
each additional member
+$339
+$626


How do I apply?
You can apply at www.compass.state.pa or in-person at your local County Assistance Office. You can also ask your school for an application and information.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Volunteers Needed to Mobilize Voters through Vote for Homes

Looking for ways to help get out the vote before November 4? Join Voter for Homes for their final voter mobilization training and for phone banking!

From our friends at Vote for Homes
The FINAL voter mobilization training date and time is:
We also need volunteers to help us call voters and remind them about the election, and to transport voters to the polls on Election Day.
Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Phone Bank, Thursday, October 30th, 5:30pm - 8pm (Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA, 1211 Chestnut St.)
  • Phone Bank, Sunday, November 2nd, 5:30pm - 8pm (Project HOME)
  • Phone Bank and Rides to the Polls, ELECTION DAY, Tuesday, November 4th, 8:30am - 8pm (Project HOME)
Vote for Homes is an ongoing effort to mobilize voters by supporting the voting rights of people who are low-income, homeless, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated.

Click here to sign up. For more information, contact Heather Bargeron at heatherbargeron@projecthome.org or 215-232-7272 x3061.

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Election Day is November 4!

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Please, no matter what else you are doing on November 4, make time to get to your polling place. Your voice matters, especially in a midterm election, when fewer people go out to the polls.

The following information is for people who are registered to vote in Pennsylvania.



Who is Running for Office?

On November 4, you will be able to vote for candidates running for Governor, the State Legislature, and the US House of Representatives. There may also be special ballot questions and local elections. You can look at a sample ballot for your polling place at SmartVoter.org.

Will I Need Voter ID?

IN MOST CASES, YOU WILL NOT NEED IDENTIFICATION TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS. The Voter ID law has been overturned and is no longer in effect. Only first-time voters, voters using a new polling place, and voters using absentee ballots will need to provide ID.

If you are a first-time voter or if you are voting at a new polling place, you should bring an approved form of identification. To see all approved forms, visit the PA Department of State voting website.

Did I Need to Register to Vote?

In Pennsylvania, voters must be registered 30 days prior to each election. If you are not sure if you are registered, you can confirm your registration status in the Pennsylvania voter registration database. If you are not registered to vote in this election, fill out and mail a voter registration form now so you will be ready for the next one!

Where is My Polling Place?

The Pennsylvania Department of State offers an online guide to help find your polling place. In Pennsylvania, the polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.

What Should I Bring With Me When I Go To Vote?

If you are a first-time voter or if you are voting at a new polling place, you should bring an approved form of identification. To see all approved forms, visit the PA Department of State voting website.

All voters may bring a list of candidates on the ballot and who they plan to vote for and/or a list of key issues or specific proposals that are on the ballot.

If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Be sure to bring this number with you to the polls!

How Do I Use the Voting System at My Polling Place?

Different counties use different types of polling systems. Visit Votespa.com to see the type of voting system you will use and to watch a demonstration of how it works.

What Are My Rights As a Voter?

Under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is illegal for any state or local government to discriminate against racial, ethnic or language minority groups by denying them the right to vote.

In Pennsylvania, you may ask for assistance to vote as long as that assistance is provided by someone other than your employer (or their agent), your union head (or their agent) or the Judge of Elections. You may choose the person who will assist you - polling workers do not have the right to choose that person for you. The first time you need assistance, you will need to fill out an Assistance Form.

If your name is not in the books at the polling place, or if you have any problems voting, please work with the Election officials to make sure you are at the right place. If you are at the correct polling place, you can vote by provisional ballot. The Board of Elections will examine the provisional ballots within seven days and will count the votes if you were properly registered and voting at the correct polling place. If you are having problems and are at the correct polling place, do not leave without casting a provisional ballot.

If you have any problems at the polls, please call 1-866-OURVOTE.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Webinar Today: New Polling on Attitudes and Perceptions of Hunger and Public Policy

From our friends at FRAC.
New Polling on Attitudes and Perceptions of Hunger and Public Policy
Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Register here
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Tyson Foods recently conducted a poll to measure attitudes and perceptions on hunger and its solutions among voters. Join us for a webinar to go over the findings, which show that Americans firmly believe hunger is a serious issue facing the nation, that its impact is widespread, and that government is key to solving it.

The data reveal striking findings on American attitudes and perceptions of hunger, showing that many people either have recently experienced hunger themselves or know someone who has.
Specifically, the call will discuss what the new polling data tell us, and how advocates and others concerned about hunger and its adverse effects can use this information to raise awareness of the problem, and knowledge of and support for nutrition programs, particularly child nutrition programs.

Presenters include:
• Sara Lilygren, Tyson Foods
• Guy Molyneux, Hart Research Associates
• Jim Weill, Food Research and Action Center
There will be time for questions at the end of webinar.
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PathWays PA Congratulates Cate Sennett, PBJ Woman of Distinction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Catherine Sennett, Esq., Announced As Award Recipient At Philadelphia Business Journal's Women of Distinction

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Philadelphia Business Journal announced that Catherine Sennett, Esq., PathWays PA’s Board Secretary, has been selected as a 2014 Women of Distinction award recipient. Sennett will be recognized along with the region’s most dynamic women on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at Vie, a Cescaphe Event Group Venue, 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.

"I am so excited to be named along with such talented individuals," said Sennett about receiving this prestigious award. “Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction highlights the skill and expertise that so many of our region’s women bring to the workplace each day.”

In addition to Sennett’s work as a partner at Jackson-Cross Partners, LLC, she also makes time to serve at organizations whose mission she supports, such as PathWays PA. “The work of PathWays PA is vital to ensuring that all families have an opportunity to become self-sufficient,” said Sennett.

“We would like to congratulate Cate Sennett on this honor,” stated Brenda Dawson, PathWays PA President/CEO. “Cate has been a valuable member of our board and is committed to helping women and families throughout the region.”

Presented by PNC Bank, the event will bring together 400 of the region's newsmakers for networking and an inspiring awards ceremony. Winners will be profiled in a special section of the Philadelphia Business Journal's November 21 weekly edition. A day of event raffle will benefit the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

"We had numerous high-quality applications for Women of Distinction this year, and my only regret is that we couldn't honor more," said Craig Ey, Editor-in-Chief, the Philadelphia Business Journal. "This year's class of winners embodies all of what makes the Philadelphia region great. They are talented, passionate about whey they do and committed to personal, professional and community success."

In addition to the Women of Distinction Winners, PBJ and The Forum of Executive Women will honor two companies with the "Advancing Women Company Award," issued to Global Winner: Hamilton Lane and Local Winner: Lamb McErlane for supporting women in the workplace.

Event tickets are available for $150 each, with other enhanced packages. To purchase tickets visit: http://bizLus/tiI71. For more event details, contact Jennifer Wolf, Events manager at jennifenvolf@bizjournals.com or 215-238-5106.

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