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Agency Spotlights, April 2021 – CAAP

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Agency Spotlights – April 2021
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A Mother Overcomes Social Isolation During Covid-19

Spotlight on Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAPLANC)
How the Parents As Teachers program is helping a mother find needed personal time and employment.
Francheska Santiago set new goals for herself around self-care and bolstering her parenting skills after she discussed the fragile well-being of her famiy during COVID-19 with CAPLanc's Parents As Teachers program. She came to the conclusion that her own well-being impacts her capacity as a parent.

With CAPLanc's support, Francheska was able to mobilize her family supports, which included her children getting weekly “Evenings with Daddy” and daytime breaks with the children's grandmother. Even though she could step out of the house for some time to herself, she experienced a growing feeling of unhappiness, stemming from the fact that she didn’t have a job. She was ready to invest in herself and help contribute financially to the family...

Food Deserts

19 Million Americans Live In Them
With COVID-19 continuing to spread, and millions of Americans still out of work, one of the nation's most urgent problems has only grown worse: hunger. Read the full NPR article Food By The Numbers for a look at hunger on a national scale...

Allison Hill: A Pennsylvania Food Desert

Spotlight on Tri County Community Action (TCCA)
Local research launched a new model to serve food deserts.  It's called The Allison Hill Farmers Market.
In mid 2020, the idea for a market was founded on the need to create more opportunities for food access, and to encourage entrepreneurship among local, urban growers in the community. After some research planning, the result was the "Allison Hill Farmers Market" with a mission to improve local food security, enhance individual health, and to build entrepreneurship among local farmers and residents - all while enriching community life in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg...

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