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16Oct/20

First Lady Frances Wolf, Secretary Teresa Miller Join Local Food Service Providers to Unveil New Report on Hunger in York County

first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release York, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf and Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today joined the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to highlight the food bank’s new report on hunger in York County, the importance of charitable food organizations, and the effects of food insecurity on health.“It is a sad reality that too many Pennsylvanians face the threat of hunger every day,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “There is no greater responsibility than ensuring the health and well-being of our citizens, yet this mission cannot be achieved by government alone. We must continue to take an active, collaborative approach to ensure all Pennsylvanians have adequate access to fresh, nutrient-dense foods. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its partners work tirelessly to meet this need in the communities they serve, and I am grateful for their partnership and work to combat food insecurity across Pennsylvania.”More than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians face food insecurity every day. Chronic hunger and food insecurity can have profound impacts on a person’s health and well-being. Children who are food insecure are more likely to have poor academic outcomes and adults who do not have enough to eat have worse physical and behavioral health outcomes and higher medical spending.The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s report is an evaluation of food security and the charitable food network in York County. It found that more than 55,000 residents of York County are food insecure, and 35 percent of food needs are currently unmet. The report’s findings and recommendations outline opportunities to help close this gap and provide a foundation for continuing to address food security around the commonwealth.The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program and helps more than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians avoid food insecurity. Children, people with disabilities, and elderly Pennsylvanians are some of the program’s biggest beneficiaries. SNAP expands recipients’ purchasing power to buy food from their local grocery stores and farmers markets. Participation in SNAP allows Pennsylvanians to buy nutritious food that supports children’s learning abilities, improves health outcomes, lowers health care costs, and helps working families keep food on the table.Charitable food organizations make significant contributions to their communities by supporting individuals facing food insecurity and allowing them to access additional resources so people do not go hungry. Their work to supplement food assistance programs helps individuals who are food insecure make ends meet so they are less likely to choose between paying for food or going without basic needs like housing, medical care, clothing, utilities, and other essentials.In May 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a study on the influence of SNAP redemptions on the economy and county-level employment in the time leading up to, during, and after the Great Recession. This study found that SNAP redemptions could have a greater economic stimulus impact than many other forms of government spending per dollar spent, especially during a recession, because they are paid directly to low-income individuals. For instance, the grocery subsidies deliver food directly to tables along with a financial return into rural supermarkets and small businesses in those communities.This positive economic impact is felt in positive economic climates. In 2017, $2.7 billion dollars in SNAP benefits were redeemed at Pennsylvania grocery stores and other authorized retailers. Those dollars support farmers and jobs across Pennsylvania.In September 2016, Setting the Table: Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA was developed to address hunger in PA as a response to Governor Wolf’s executive order establishing the Governor’s Food Security Partnership. The partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services.Since the release of the blueprint in 2016, the Wolf Administration has completed key steps in eliminating food insecurity by:• Growing food security programs in the Medicaid system;• Increasing knowledge of summer feeding programs by mailing summer feeding postcards to all SNAP recipient households;• Reducing stigma associated with SNAP by rebranding SNAP for seniors’ materials;• Broadening current programs across various departments to encourage food security components;• Educating children, families and seniors on the necessary nutrition needed for a healthy life;• Shorting the Elderly/Disabled Simplified Application Project (ESAP) application for seniors from 24 pages to 2 pages, which has benefited more than 390,000 people; and• Being a national leader in SNAP application timeliness and reducing SNAP error rates.“To truly end hunger in Pennsylvania, it will take a commitment from the private, public, and non-profit sectors of government to ensure the availability of a holistic array of interventions and supports to lift low-income families out of poverty and toward better health outcomes,” Secretary Miller said. “The findings in this report show the community’s commitment to providing resources for individuals to lead an active, healthy life, but shows us that there are still opportunities to do more to help all Pennsylvanians have enough to eat and avoid chronic hunger.”Pennsylvanians who may qualify but do not currently receive the services can apply online through our COMPASS application at dhs.pa.gov, on a smartphone with the myCOMPASS PA app, or in-person at your local County Assistance Office.Find out more information regarding the Blueprint for a Hunger-Free Pennsylvania.For more information and resources to fight hunger throughout the commonwealth, visit www.dhs.pa.gov/ending-hunger. First Lady Frances Wolf, Secretary Teresa Miller Join Local Food Service Providers to Unveil New Report on Hunger in York County SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 21, 2019last_img read more

21Sep/20

Storm drives away with car reward

first_img Press Association Graeme Storm won a sports car worth in the region of £100,000 for a hole-in-one and moved into pole position to earn the £300,000 first prize in the Omega European Masters on Saturday. Storm holed out with a six iron on the 11th at Crans-sur-Sierre on his way to a third round of 64 and one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood. The 36-year-old from Hartlepool has won just £61,000 on the European Tour this season to lie a lowly 159th on the Race to Dubai, perhaps explaining the wild celebrations as he realised he had won the BMW i8 parked behind the tee. “To win something like that is marvellous,” Storm told Sky Sports 4. “I have not got a car at the moment so it’s not a bad start is it? I can’t afford one at the moment, I have played that bad this year I’ve had to give it back.” Storm won the French Open in 2007 but has missed the cut 14 times in 23 events this season, adding: “This feels great. It’s unbelievable. “I did not expect to shoot a score like that today to be honest because I have been struggling all year, so to be in this position is marvellous.” Fleetwood carded a superb 63 featuring eight birdies and one bogey to finish 15 under par, one shot ahead of American Brooks Koepka who had shared the lead with Storm until finding water on the last to run up a double bogey. “I made a two on the 11th and said I deserved a car,” Fleetwood said jokingly, with Storm needing a somewhat lucky bounce off the back of a bunker to get to the tricky pin position. “My game has been good the last few weeks. I’m generally finding it on the range but then it’s always important to take it out onto the golf course. “My iron play today was really good, I don’t remember a shot I did not hit on my line and I got on a roll with the putter midway through the round so it was just a great day.” Welshman Jamie Donaldson, looking for back-to-back wins after victory in the Czech Masters, held a two-shot lead after four birdies in his first six holes but ran up a triple bogey on the 12th and double bogey on the 14th. Birdies on the 13th and 15th limited the damage but a third round of 69 left the Ryder Cup player three off the lead on 12 under par alongside halfway leader Richie Ramsay and England’s Tyrrell Hatton. Ramsay, winner here in 2012, got off to a nightmare start with three bogeys in the first four holes but battled back to record a level-par 70, while Hatton had eagles on the first and ninth in his 65. Earlier in the day, I reland’s Peter Lawrie had threatened to record the first ever 59 on the European Tour before being forced to settle for a round of 62. Lawrie carded nine birdies in his first 14 holes, meaning he needed to find two more in the last four holes to break the magical 60 barrier on the par-70 layout. However, the 40-year-old Dubliner was unable to take advantage of the par-five 15th and then bogeyed the short 16th to see his chance of creating history disappear, although he did move up 51 places to joint 13th on nine under. Lee Slattery then threatened the magic number when he played his first 10 holes in seven under, only to find water off the tee and then three-putt the 13th for a triple-bogey six on his way to a 65. Koepka, who earned promotion to the European Tour last year by winning three times on the Challenge Tour, said: “You can never be too disappointed with a 66, but obviously the last hole leaves a bit of a sour taste. “It was a poor tee shot (into a fairway bunker) and then I compounded the mistake with my second shot. You just have to laugh it off, though. Tomorrow’s another day and I don’t let things affect me too much. I’m a pretty laid-back kind of guy, so I’m sure I will have forgotten all about it within five minutes. I hope that’s the case anyway!” Speaking about being considered for a Ryder Cup wild card by Tom Watson, Koepka added: ” We played together at the PGA Championship, but we haven’t spoken since then. “I heard my name got mentioned in the press conference. I didn’t watch it myself, but a couple of people told me about it. I t’s obviously great to hear but I was playing well anyway, so I didn’t really need a confidence boost. It would’ve been an amazing achievement, but right now all I’m focused on is playing well tomorrow and finishing the season strongly in Europe.” last_img read more

30Aug/20

Cross-party MPs to review Gambling Act

first_img GBGB reveals ‘five-phase approach’ to resume sport May 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit DCMS demands further ‘proactive steps’ to protect punters during lockdown April 21, 2020 The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has confirmed that it has launched its review of the Gambling Act 2005, pre-empting the review to be launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).The review, which will take place online, will consider written evidence from industry stakeholders and hold a series of meetings with experts from all sections of the industry and supporting organisations.It aims to carry out a review of the legislation and consider what future changes may be needed to keep the law relevant to the technical and social changes that have occurred since its implementation. The findings will be submitted to DCMS as part of its review of the Act.Upon launching the review, Philip Davies MP, Co-Chair of the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group said: “As Co-Chairman of the All Party Betting and Gaming Group, I believe it is essential that any review of the 2005 Gambling Act is based on evidence. The purpose of these sessions to help inform the government in their work in this area.“We want to listen to the legitimate concerns people have of the gambling industry as well as ensure the industry gets a fair hearing as well. I am determined that we listen to a wide range of views and make evidence based recommendations which will ensure we enhance our global reputation as having the best regulated gambling industry in the world.”last_img read more