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Childhood Hunger in Philadelphia: How Can We Help?

March 17, 2014  by George Matysik

Today's guest blogger is George Matysik, the director of governmental affairs and public policy for Philabundance.At Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, we see the reality of hunger every day. Between the severe economic recession and the recent cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as Food Stamp), it’s harder than ever ...

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Rising in the (North)east

December 30, 2013  by George Matysik

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released new data from its 2012 American Community Survey, spanning the five year period from 2008 to 2012. Covering the bulk of the Recession and its aftermath, this data reveals much about how poverty has grown and shifted form over the past several years in ...

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SNAP Cuts Leave Local Families and Neighbors Struggling

October 28, 2013  by George Matysik

Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together over a hearty meal and reflect on the past year’s blessings and challenges. But this November, many American families will have a much harder time putting food on the table. The increases in SNAP/Food Stamp benefits (also known as Food Stamps) ...

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“With great power there must also come – great responsibility!”

May 22, 2013  by George Matysik

In the first Spider-Man story ever written, Uncle Ben warns his nephew, Peter Parker (read: Spider-Man’s alter-ego) that as he grows from a boy into a man, he will both acquire the strength to harm and the choice to become a force for good. Although Peter initially rejects Uncle Ben’s ...

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Melville, Obama, and a Plan for Tomorrow

January 24, 2013  by George Matysik

Somehow in thirty some-odd years living on this planet, I managed to be one of the few people on earth not to read (or at least begin, and promptly set aside) Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, one of the great tomes of American Literature. I was able to right this wrong, when my ...

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Food Insecurity Continues to Plague the Delaware Valley

September 12, 2011  by George Matysik

On Wednesday, the USDA released its Household Food Security in the United States in 2010 Report, which shows that food insecurity rates have remained at record highs for the last three years.  According to this report, "The percentage of U.S. households that were food insecure remained essentially unchanged from 2009 ...

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Food Insecurity Continues to Plague the Delaware Valley

September 9, 2011  by George Matysik

On Wednesday, the USDA released its Household Food Security in the United States in 2010 Report, which shows that food insecurity rates have remained at record highs for the last three years.  According to this report, "The percentage of U.S. households that were food insecure remained essentially unchanged from 2009 ...

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Looking for a good woman…

December 6, 2010  by George Matysik

Before you begin clogging my inbox with marriage proposals, restraining orders, etc.- allow me to clarify.  I’m not looking for a good woman.  No, I found the only woman who would put up with my passionate karaoke rendition of Seal’s “Kiss from Rose.”  In fact, it is your US Census ...

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The Wasteland

November 5, 2010  by George Matysik

96 billion pounds of food. No, that’s not how much food was consumed at last year’s Philadelphia Wing Bowl― that’s how much food is wasted every year in the United States― enough food to feed every resident of Pennsylvania from now until 2018. Food waste accounts for over 2,000 trillion ...

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