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Report: Hunger in Philadelphia increases 22 percent

From Philadelphia Media Network: Based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the report found that in the 2015-17 time period, 302,685 Philadelphia residents, or 18.3 percent of the population, lived in households that the federal government designates as food insecure. That’s a measure of hunger meaning that people didn’t have enough food in the course of a year to lead a healthy lifestyle. (Read more.)

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5 smart lessons about investing to end poverty in Philadelphia

From Generocity: Despite Philly’s many cross-sector collaborations, local government efforts and discussions — prepare yourself for this shocker — ending poverty isn’t easy, which is why it hasn’t happened yet. Indeed, as panelist and GreenLight Fund Philadelphia ED Omar Woodard put it at ImpactPHL’s recent “Investing to End Poverty” event, it’s a Gordian knot. (Read more.)

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Nominate a Neighbor!

My Philly Neighbor” series which will highlight stories of everyday acts of kindness and good deeds by people helping their communities in small and big ways. We especially want to provide a platform for areas of the city that have been historically portrayed in a negative light and to people who are doing good on their own, not necessarily as part of their job. Nominate them here so that one of our partner media outlets can reach out to interview them. (Read more.)

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Closing in on 5 years, has Mantua’s Promise Zone designation laid a foundation for poverty reversal?

From Philadelphia Weekly: Almost half-way through its allotted 10-year timespan, the Promise Zone hasn’t yet made a big difference to many of those measures but has created links between the community, the City of Philadelphia and the federal government that didn’t exist before, and which are designed to lay the foundation for future progress. (Read more.)

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Struggles

From Philadelphia Weekly: I ran into an old colleague of mine recently who, like our publication, is a part of an initiative called Broke in Philly. Under anonymity he confided that there are problems even today that despite appearing to be on the level financially, are constantly holding him underwater. But he also noted savvy ways he’s staying afloat even though it inevitably comes to the detriment of his wallet — at times harder than he would like. (Read more.)

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Philly wants to teach retiring business owners how to sell — to their workers

From Philadelphia Media Network: On this bustling business corridor and transportation hub in West Philadelphia, most of the shops that have endured for two decades or more, the ones that solidified 52nd Street’s place as a neighborhood anchor, may soon disappear. Those owners, some of them well into their 70s and even 80s, don’t know whether their shops will live on after they can no longer work. (Read more.)