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Food access program launched

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in Local News


Gov. Tom Wolf has received approval from the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a plan to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to students who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school through the National School Lunch Program.

This program, known as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, will be temporary and is designed to bridge the gap left by schools closing and help families who may have strained resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in Local News

COVID-19 testing to expand


Legislation prioritizing COVID-19 testing for first responders, medical professionals and vulnerable populations passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives May 4 by a vote of 201-1.

House Bill 2455 establishes a comprehensive framework for statewide COVID-19 testing and gives local health departments greater latitude to implement coronavirus testing.


Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Farming agreements set for Weiner tract

During the virtual Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting May 7, the commissioners approved long- and short-term agreements with the Weiner tract.

Mark and Katherine Lichtenwalner agreed to purchase five parcels of ground owned by Lower Macungie Township for agricultural purposes. Two additional parcels are to be leased and used for the same purposes. This was approved by the commissioners.

Department of Health releases revised dental health care guidance for treating patients during COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on May 8 released the revised dental health care guidance as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s strategic, phased COVID-19 reopening plan. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have revised their business closure orders issued March 19 to remove the prohibition on non-urgent and non-emergent dental procedures. Those orders were issued May 7.

Community initiative to tackle homeless veterans’ crisis

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

A new initiative to address the crisis of veteran homelessness in the Lehigh Valley was recently unveiled by local leaders, government officials and community partners at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Director Tom Applebach announced the creation of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund.

Additionally, he announced state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, had secured $200,000 in grants for the fund.