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February 19, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA

Wolf Administration Won't Accept Hunger, Rallies Together with Anti- Hunger Advocates to Support Food Assistance Programs

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller and other Governor's Food Security Partnership member agencies - the departments of Aging, Health, Community and Economic Development, Education and Agriculture - joined Feeding Pennsylvania and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to vocally oppose the Trump Administration's proposals to devalue the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The message was clear: recently introduced federal rules will cause families to suffer from hunger, charitable food networks to strain to meet increased demand, and retailers and food producers to lose profits and experience a more constrained customer base.

"More than one million people around Pennsylvania do not know where they will get their next meal," said DHS Secretary Miller. "For these people, food insecurity is their daily reality. However, programs like SNAP and charitable food networks help working adults, people with disabilities, older adults, and children access food and expand their purchasing power so they do not have to choose between paying for a doctor's appointment or replacing an old pair of shoes and being able to eat dinner. We cannot make life more difficult for vulnerable people in Pennsylvania and around the country."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_01.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Anti-hunger advocates rally together to support food assistance programs at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_02.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller joins anti-hunger advocates to oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to devalue the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_03.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller joins anti-hunger advocates to oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to devalue the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_04.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller joins anti-hunger advocates to oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to devalue the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_05.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller joins anti-hunger advocates to oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to devalue the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_06.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera shows his support for SNAP, which helps to protect free and reduced-priced lunches for Pennsylvania's students, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_07.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller joins anti-hunger advocates to oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to devalue the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_08.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>DCED Secretary Dennis Davin explains how SNAP is important to Pennsylvania's economy, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_09.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding discusses how SNAP helps support local farmers markets, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_10.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding discusses how SNAP helps support local farmers markets, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_11.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Deputy Secretary for Health Cindy Findley overviews how food security improves an individual's overall health at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_12.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jane Clements-Smith of Feeding PA discusses how her organization would struggle to keep up with the increased demands a cut to SNAP would require, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_13.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jane Clements-Smith of Feeding PA discusses how her organization would struggle to keep up with the increased demands a cut to SNAP would require, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_14.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Tara Davis of the Central PA Food Bank gives real-life scenarios of individuals on SNAP, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17757_dhs_snap_cz_15.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding greets anti-hunger advocates, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 19, 2020.