Research shows that material and financial hardships can have serious negative effects on children’s long-term health and education. Ensuring eligible families can access WIC is an important means of providing some protection from hardship, whether pandemic-related or otherwise.
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WIC participation had been declining for many years in Pennsylvania and nationally. Since the pandemic hit, many states have begun to reverse this decline. Yet in Pennsylvania, participation has continued to decline due to both challenges with PA WIC’s structure and issues that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Over the past 50 years, the value of the minimum wage has generally decreased due to cost of living increases. If it had kept pace with inflation, it would currently be $11.76 by 2018. But it should actually be much higher.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty programs, and can increase a family’s annual income by as much as 45 percent. The EITC and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are among the nation’s strongest tools to help working families escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency.
Read why low-income tax credits must be protected and meet some of the people right here in Allegheny County who benefit from them.
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- Myths and Stereotypes About People Living in Poverty
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House Bill 222, introduced by Rep. Mike Regan (R–Cumberland and York Counties), is aimed at blocking people with drug felony distribution convictions from receiving public assistance. HB 222 seeks to ban such individuals from receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, general cash assistance, or State supplemental assistance.
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a new national approach to child nutrition. It provides funding for free school breakfast and lunch for 100% of students without requiring take home applications.
Starting this school year in Allegheny County, 9 districts, 3 charter networks, and 1 individual school are serving school breakfast and lunch to all of their students through CEP.
Currently, when families who are receiving TANF obtain employment, Pennsylvania disregards 50% of their earnings when determining their benefit level – the Earned Income Disregard. This helps families make a smoother transition into self-sufficiency while continuing to provide much needed assistance to the family.
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a monthly cash assistance grant administered by the PA Department of Public Welfare to eligible low-income PA families. The funding for the program is a combination of matching money from both the Federal and State government. Pennsylvania must raise the TANF cash grants to protect the most vulnerable among us from sliding into deep poverty.