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Social Stigma

This Social Stigma project was designed to report on issues of hunger and poverty in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A quick Google search identifies social stigma as a “severe social disapproval of personal characteristics or beliefs that are perceived to be against cultural norms.” In order to better understand the social stigmas attached to food insecurity, student worked closely with St. Francis Soup Kitchen, as well as Lackawanna County Children and Youth, and various individuals in need of assistance.

Our stories:

Food stamps aren’t enough

By Elysabethe Brown, sophomore communication arts major

“Alicia Quetel, a day care worker from Easton, PA, walks into her local Shop Rite after dropping off her children at school. She smiles as she grabs a nearby cart. “Today we just need a few things,” she said. Quetel is a mother of three boys and a guardian to her niece. Together with her husband she struggles to feed her family. “We just started receiving food stamps. They kept telling me I made too much money,” she said.”Read more…

Soup Kitchen nourishes a diverse population

By Megan McGraw, senior communication arts major

“A group begins to form outside of a small, discreet, partially brown brick building on Penn Avenue in Scranton. The doors won’t open until close to 11:00 a.m., but the clients gather early.

By 10:30 a.m., the line of patiently waiting individuals has substantially increased in number. At approximately 10:50 a.m., the glass double-doors open and the crowd gathered outside is allowed into the foyer. There is no rush or chaos, just a calm anticipation for what is to come.”Read more…

Hunger hurts: stereotypes and stigmas endanger the impoverished

By Victoria Garafola, junior English major

“Jim Friese lives in his car. At 25 years old, Friese says he never expected to be in this situation. Not too long ago, Jim was a computer student at Lackawanna College and an employee at Wegmans in Dickson City. After losing his job, Friese found himself in a difficult position.”Read more…

Volunteers make kitchen thrive

By Vincent Mecca, senior communication arts major

“Most people look forward to retirement. Many anticipate retirement as a time to relax, knowing they’ve put in their time, paid their dues, and hopefully, created a foundation of wealth to support themselves.”Read more…


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