The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

That’s my son, Dominic. This is the food pantry of the Johnnycake Center. My son, he’s special needs. He has Down syndrome. He’s been volunteering for the pantry for like three years now.  I might be a person in need of some of this stuff, but when you’re in need you can also give back. I wouldn’t ever take if I didn’t need, and so I give back through volunteering.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF provides cash assistance grants to very low-income children, their parents or caretakers, and pregnant women.  TANF grant amounts are extremely low in Pennsylvania - a family of 3 receives just $403 per month.  In most cases, individuals can only receive TANF for 60 months (5 years) over the course of their lifetime.

Current Issue

As part of the state budget cuts for fiscal year 2012, the Department of Public Welfare must cut $400 million from the TANF program.  DPW's Secretary was given unprecedented authority to make cuts to benefit programs, leaving both the TANF grant amount and the length of time families can receive TANF benefits vulnerable to cuts.

 

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