Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you” (Matthew 26:11); but who are the poor? According to the U.S. Census, approximately 13 percent of Pennsylvanians live under the poverty line. This is a threshold determined by the Census Bureau to be the minimum income necessary for
The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed its 2018-2019 spending plan a full five days before the constitutional June 30 deadline. Part of this year’s $32.7 billion budget includes $12.5 billion for human services that help the poor – Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance P
One out of every eight Pennsylvanians struggle with hunger, and sadly, nearly 500,000 children are included in that statistic. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is proud to support the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s initiative to combat hunger and food insecurity across the state.
In an effort to serve those in need and to raise awareness of the problem of food insecurity in the state, lawmakers recently marked the ninth season opening of the Capitol Hunger Garden. Located on the state Capitol grounds between the Main Capitol Building and the Ryan Office Buildi
At Pope Francis’ first World Youth Day, he challenged all the young people to go home and do something inspiring. The students of Bishop Guilfoyle High School listened. In the heart of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the students have completed their fifth consecutive Pope Francis C
Some of Pennsylvania’s politicians play dirty at the State Capitol – literally. Several members of the Legislative Hunger Caucus led by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) got into the dirt and planted tomatoes, pepper
Eliminating hunger is good for the economy, according to a recent study. The analysts of The Perryman Group studied the economic cost of hunger and found that: “In addition to enormous human costs, hunger imposes severe costs on the economy. Not having sufficient food leads to a numbe
"Feed people dying of hunger, because if you do not feed them you are killing them." Strong words from our early Church fathers. They teach that we are bound to come to the aid of the poor and to do so not merely out of our superfluous goods.