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Human Services Secretary reminds Pennsylvanians of food assistance resources

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Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller visited Philabundance Monday, to assist with ongoing volunteer efforts to ensure food is available for people and families experiencing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and current economic insecurity. Secretary Miller and Philabundance Chief Executive Officer Loree D. Jones reminded Pennsylvanians of food assistance resources available even and especially amidst COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

“Difficult circumstances created by the pandemic have not subsided, and many people around Pennsylvania still must endure challenges that come from COVID-19’s effect on the state’s and nation’s economies,” said Miller. “… If you are able, I encourage all Pennsylvanians to support their local food bank so the charitable food network can continue to be there to meet the need of people affected by this pandemic in the uncertain weeks and months to come.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted food banks on so many levels,” Jones said. “From seeing up to a 60% increase in need across the Delaware Valley to volunteers and donations dwindling and food prices sky rocketing, Philabundance needs your generosity to continue providing our neighbors with healthy food during this crisis and beyond.”

Pennsylvanians who need help feeding themselves or their family should find and contact their local food bank or pantry through https://feedingpa.org/ and https://www.hungerfreepa.org/.

Help with buying food is also available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Applications for SNAP and other public assistance programs can be submitted online at www.compass.state.pa.us, or call 1-800-692-7462 for an application.

Miller and Jones encouraged anyone who is healthy and able to consider supporting their food bank or pantry through volunteer time or monetary donations. Anyone interested in volunteering can find organizations in need of volunteer support at https://www.hungerfreepa.org/.

For information about food assistance resources for people around Pennsylvania impacted by COVID-19 and the accompanying economic insecurity, visit https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Food_Security/Pages/default.aspx.



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