Poverty's Edge

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley's take on poverty, how it affects our communities, and what we're doing about it.

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03 May

Budget Choices: You Decide

Written by Kathryn Hoffman SNAP Outreach Coordinator, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania   The new Administration’s “Better Way Tax Plan” would deliver big tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. For example, according to the Economic Policy Center, and the Tax Policy Center, millionaires and multi-millionaires would get to keep, on average, $302,000 more in their after-tax incomes by 2025. And those making less than $25,000 a year would get an average tax cut of fifty dollars. No households...

24 Aug

Have You Seen Someone Who is Food Insecure Today?

Contributed by Sue Dalandan, Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council Have you seen someone who is food insecure today?  Is it the cashier at the store? Is it your parent’s care aide? It could be your daycare worker, school aide, your neighbor’s children, or the elderly gentleman who opens the door every Sunday for you at church.  The face of food insecurity is often invisible. According to Feeding America, hunger in America increased by 13 million people in just one year.   Every county...

04 Feb

Does Acting from your Values to Change or Improve Something — Or Right a Wrong…WORK?

Written by Kathryn Hoffman Food Stamp Outreach Coordinator, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania Does acting from your values to change or improve something — or right a wrong…WORK?  Every one of us at some point wonders that.  Time is precious, and jobs, kids, relationships, cooking, cleaning, living — takes up most of our time on this earth.  Here are some cases where taking action has brought about some real changes in 2015.  These actions were initiated not...

20 Nov

Trafficking in the Lehigh Valley

“Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world and is the 2nd largest criminal activity with drug trafficking being number one. Human trafficking can be in the form of labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” Valley Against Sex Trafficking (VAST). Talking about prostitution often finds people sharing misconceptions – wrong ideas about what it means when a girl or woman is trapped in sexploitation. There is a notion that the sex industry can be acceptable. In...

23 Oct

Alan Jennings’ 2015 Annual Meeting Speech

I was raised going to church. I thought I heard Pope Francis saying the same things in Philadelphia the other day that I was hearing in that church. As a nation of believers, whether Protestant or Catholic or Jewish or Muslim, we are all called to take what we need and leave the rest; that we should sacrifice in order to make room for those left behind; that we should treat others the way we hope to be treated. So, when...

16 Oct

CACLV: Our Past, Present, and Future (Part Three of Three)

Our Future At CACLV’s annual meeting, held on September 30th at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown, Executive Director Alan Jennings shared his vision for some of the things CACLV will work on in the next year: “We will continue to push a minimum wage increase whether our friends in the private sector agree or not; and, in my opinion, that minimum wage should be 30% to 50% higher than the measly $10.10 an hour we have been seeking and failing to pass. We...

09 Oct

CACLV: Our Past, Present, and Future (Part Two of Three)

Written by Jessica R. Dreistadt, Planner for Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund, West Ward Neighborhood Partnership, and Renew Lehigh Valley. Our Present This year, we are commemorating CACLV’s 50th anniversary. As I mentioned in last week’s post, the organization was formed in 1965 to “eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty.” Despite our best efforts, millions of carefully invested dollars, and an iron will, poverty persists in the...

02 Oct

CACLV: Our Past, Present, and Future (Part One of Three)

Written by Jessica R. Dreistadt, Planner for Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund, West Ward Neighborhood Partnership, and Renew Lehigh Valley. Our Past I was recently given the arduous task of piecing together CACLV’s early history, a time we unfortunately about which we don’t know very much. With the help of one box of records which had survived multiple moves and transitions, the Internet, and our friends at the Bethlehem Area Public...

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