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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Markets to accept food benefits

When food stamps went from paper to plastic at the turn of this century, shoppers who received food assistance were virtually shut out at farmers markets. That is changing locally with this market season. Pittsburgh’s seven Citiparks farmers markets and Downtown Washington’s Main Street farmers market will install electronic benefit transfer (EBT) machines to accommodate people who receive federal […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CSA sign-up season is upon us

Just a few years ago when we wrote about CSA, we figured we had to explain that the letters stand for “community supported agriculture,” in which customers pay farmers in advance for shares of their harvest. Now, regular readers of this section and other foodie types are likely to know what CSA is, and many of them […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dinner will Share the Harvest

Looking for a non-foolish way to spend the evening of April 1? Consider attending the first Share the Harvest dinner at Enrico Biscotti Co. in Highland Park. The bread and sweets baker is teaming with Just Harvest and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture for a fundraising event designed to support CSA shares for two […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1,500 turn out for Empty Bowls Dinner

Leon Donnenberg, 90, only had to come from across the street, but new mother Lexxie Owen traveled from Kittanning, the Armstrong County seat some 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, with 4-month-old Mia. Emcee Larry Berger said he also talked to attendees from State College and Florida. The attraction was the 15th annual Empty Bowls Dinner, […]

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Pittsburgh Magazine

Empty Bowls, Open Hearts

As the nation’s recession treks on, so does hunger, and this part of the country is no exception. Hunger transcends all geographic areas in southwestern Pennsylvania, even despite social or economic levels, according to The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB). A southwestern Pennsylvania hunger report from the GPCFB shows that one in seven children […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Retailers take notice as record numbers turn to food stamps

A historic high number of Pennsylvanians — many of whom are middle-class families experiencing job loss and reduced work hours — are being forced to rely on government help to put food on the table. Records from the state Department of Public Welfare show there were 1.3 million people in the state who might have […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hard times: The food-stamp rise shows the recession’s pain

If anyone is still complacent about the recession, here’s a wake-up call on how serious it has become. Food-stamp use is at record levels and growing, with the federal program now helping to feed one in eight Americans and one in four children. So reported The New York Times in a shocking story Sunday that […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A mayor for them

Under Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh has gained much media attention as “America’s most livable city.” He also claims to have made great strides in Pittsburgh’s economic growth. If we listened only to him, Pittsburgh might seem to be a paradise. But this is not the case. Regardless of these so-called strides, we have thousands of […]

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