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First Lady Frances Wolf Visits the Lion’s Pantry, Discusses Need to Increase Pennsylvania’s Outdated Minimum Wage to Help College Students Meet Basic Needs

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Visits the Lion’s Pantry, Discusses Need to Increase Pennsylvania’s Outdated Minimum Wage to Help College Students Meet Basic Needs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf,  Minimum Wage,  Press Release State College – First Lady Frances Wolf today toured the Lion’s Pantry – Penn State’s student-run food pantry – and met with students and administrators to discuss financial struggles many higher education students in Pennsylvania – and across the country – are facing. The First Lady discussed possible solutions to help these students succeed – including an immediate increase to the commonwealth’s minimum wage.“We know that over 30 percent of college students go hungry because they can’t afford proper nutrition,” First Lady Wolf said. “We also know that many of these students carry jobs in addition to their studies. Raising the commonwealth’s minimum wage would help these struggling students meet their basic needs so they can succeed in school and get the skills they need to attain jobs after graduation.”A Government Accountability Office report released in December 2018 found that at least one in three college students do not always have enough to eat. Additionally, 71 percent of college students today do not fit the model of a “typical” college student and may be financially independent, work at least part time, enroll in and stay in college at a later age, or have dependent children. These factors, when paired with other challenges students face like cost of tuition, lodging and/or transportation, books, and supplies, can create significant barriers to making ends meet.Governor Tom Wolf established Pennsylvania’s Food Security Partnership in September 2015. The Partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services. The partnership was established to address hunger in Pennsylvania across numerous fronts and coordinate food and nutrition programs and centralize coordination with federal, state, and local partners. As part of this effort, the Food Security Partnership leads the commonwealth’s efforts to better respond to issues that exacerbate food insecurity around Pennsylvania. The issue of hunger among college students has been identified as an opportunity for greater coordination and support.In January 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services took another step toward addressing this problem by changing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility requirements for community college students. Under the new policy, community college students enrolled at least part-time and in a qualifying career or technical education program under the Carl D. Perkins Vocation and Technical Education Act or a program preparing students for a high-priority occupation may receive SNAP benefits if they otherwise qualify for the program. Examples of high-priority occupations set by the Department of Labor & Industry include jobs in technology, education, health care, human services, law enforcement, and skilled trades. Before the policy change, individuals who were attending school had to meet exemptions such as working more than 20 hours a week, caring for a child under the age of 6, or having a medical barrier to employment in order to qualify for SNAP while attending school.During the roundtable discussion, the first lady and students identified additional steps that can be taken to further support hard-working students – including an increase to the commonwealth’s outdated minimum wage. Lion’s Pantry President and Penn State student, Sayre Bradley commented: “We’re incredibly excited to meet with the First Lady today and discuss basic need insecurity amongst college students. This is a great opportunity for students to share their experiences and involvement while discussing what can be done at an institutional, state, and federal level to support college students facing food insecurity. Addressing the minimum wage is a great step towards making sure that no student is hungry.”The commonwealth’s current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is the lowest allowed by federal law and trails most other states in the nation, including all of our surrounding states. That means Pennsylvanians doing the same job – especially in rural communities – earn less than someone in Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia.center_img November 14, 2019last_img read more

Hamptons dream house heads under the hammer

first_imgPlay tennis against your friends.“I said half of The Gap, half of Ashgrove and half of Samford have been through (the property),” Ms O’Dea said.“People who know and love that area well are very interested.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago The bench seat is a dream. The property is on 2545sq m.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 There is a teppanyaki plate and pizza oven in the alfresco dining area.This dream could become a reality, as the house, at 9 Watercress Place, The Gap, goes to auction this Saturday, at 10am.Ray White Paddington’s Judi O’Dea is marketing the property and said it had been popular with locals throughout the campaign period. Yet another dreamy room.The property has it all, from a pool, spa, full-sized tennis court and an outdoor kitchen with a teppanyaki grill and pizza oven, to calacatta borghini marble and antique black granite benchtops, two kitchens and a butler’s pantry. Look down upon your domain.The property is open for inspection on Saturday from 9.30am, with the auction set to kick off at 10am. This kitchen could inspire even the most reluctant of chefs to cook.As previously reported by The Courier-Mail, the house had been renovated in the past, but underwent a complete refurbishment in 2012 after it was purchased by Mika Murakami Latimore in 2011.The project took two years and resulted in the high-end Hamptons home that stands on the 2545sq m block today. The house at 9 Watercress Place, The Gap, is for sale.Kick back by the pool in a robe as an admirer hand feeds you grapes while another fans you … at least that is how this fantasy goes.This farmhouse turned Hamptons honey has vines creeping up its arches and emanates relaxing vibes that either leaves one feeling like an ancient emperor (or empress), or an A-lister on a summer holiday to Long Island’s South Fork. Plantation shutters close the ensuite off from the bedroom.There are six-bedrooms and three-bathrooms, with “plenty of space for an au pair”, according to Ms O’Dea.For those who need a little more incentive to roll out of bed and make their way to the auction, Ms O’Dea said there will be a coffee cart on the day.last_img read more