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A HUG FROM PAUL RYAN follows Tianna Gaines-Turner, a witness to hunger in Philadelphia, after her testimony at the 2014 House Budget Committee’s “War on Poverty” hearing

Tianna Gaines-Turner, a witness to hunger in Philadelphia, was the first person actually living in poverty to testify at Paul Ryan’s War on Poverty hearing. MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell features her testimony.

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Tianna Gaines-Turner was later featured on MSNBC by Melissa Harris-Perry

Tianna Gaines-Turner was later featured on MSNBC by Melissa Harris-Perry. Tiana was joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and was featured in an MSNBC Original.

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Senator Casey (PA) discusses the Witnesses to Hunger exhibit and the powerful project started by Dr. Mariana Chilton

Senator Casey (PA) discusses the Witnesses to Hunger exhibit and the powerful project started by Dr. Mariana Chilton.

Closing the Gap: One Policy Solution to Improve Child Health and School Readiness

Emily, a mother and member of Witnesses to Hunger, whose son benefited from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) from birth to age five, passionately discusses the ways in which WIC enabled her to purchase Lactaid milk for her son who is lactose intolerant; his milk costs twice the price […]

What about the fathers and how can we help?

Today, most families are no longer the traditional model of “family” – a mother and father with 2.5 kids and a dog with a home-cooked meal on the table every night.  Families take a variety of forms – one parent, a parent and a grandparent, two dads, two moms, as well as the traditional father and […]

Making SNAP Work For Families Leaving Poverty

The holiday season is officially here and with it brings an increase in work hours for many low-income employees in the service and retail industries.  An increase in hours should mean more income for families but for too many, more work does not necessarily lead to better outcomes. “It is hard to feel like you […]

Witnesses to Hunger Panel: The Health Impacts of Poverty

Co-hosted a panel discussion with Witnesses to Hunger on the health impacts of poverty.

Mothers’ hopes and dreams – keeping our children safe, fed and housed

As a mother of two beautiful young girls, nothing brings me greater joy than seeing the smiles on their faces. They keep me going even when things in life are difficult. I am also blessed to have had the opportunity to take in a good friend’s younger brother; he is now my brother, too.  When […]

Punishing Hard Work: The Unintended Consequences of Cutting SNAP

Working in the nexus between policy, advocacy, and research, we hear story after story of how frustrating and arduous the climb out of poverty can be for parents of young children. We also see those stories reflected in data.  When we began working at our respective positions at the Center for Hunger Free Communities of […]

What man is there among you?

The self-portrait of a caregiver in one of my programs at the Center for Hunger Free Communities in Philadelphia hangs in my office. It is a portrait of pure humanity and the bareness of poverty. The woman painted herself naked inside of a barrel that is being ripped apart exposing her to the potentially harmful […]