Daffodils on the Schuylkill (Instagram/@gpatomk)

Extra SNAP benefits expiring for 485k Philadelphians

Nearly a third of Philly residents will have less to spend on groceries this month as a pandemic-era assistance program runs out.

  • More than 3 in 10 Philadelphians rely on SNAP benefits, and the added emergency allocation has been key in feeding families struggling with added hardship the past three years. 

The end feels like “a rug pulled out from underneath you,” but people are finding ways to deal with it. “I’m a strong person and I’ve been through worse,” one mother told Asha Prihar.

→ Hear their stories and find resources

Rows of produce and other fresh food items at the Grocery Outlet in Sharswood. (Erin Blewett for Billy Penn)

6 notable women in Philly history you might not know

It’s no secret Philadelphia is full of history, or that women have been very much a part of it. 

For International Women’s Day, Asha Prihar took a look at the lives of six notable people whose legacies are connected to Philadelphia.

→ Meet the women

(Clockwise from top left) Fanny Kemble, Grayce Uyehara, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Violet Oakley, Mary Engle Pennington, Ora Washington

RECAP: What else happened?

$ = paywalled

  • In Gov. Shapiro’s proposed budget: a half-billion dollar increase for education; new funding for childcare, pre-K programs, food stamps, and mental health services in schools; and expanded tax rebates for renters and homeowners. [WENY]
  • The artificial grass at the old Veterans Stadium contained PFAS chemicals, and some former Phillies wonder if that contributed to the brain cancer deaths of six of their teammates. [Inquirer$]
  • A new visitor center made of recycled cargo containers opens later this month on the apron of the Art Museum, between the Rocky statue and the steps. [PhillyVoice]
  • Can you tell if a text is AI-generated? Test your ability to tell if humans or a computer wrote something with this test from Penn researchers. [Technically/Roft]
  • A dog stole the show at a Philadelphia Union match in El Salvador last night, running onto the field and diving straight for the ball. [MLS/@FOXSoccer]
52nd Street Station. (Paolo Jay Agbay for Billy Penn)

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 22: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 30 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 283: Shooting victims this year so far, down 27% vs. this time last year. [PCGVR]
  • 79: Year-to-date homicides, down 17% vs. last year’s pace; up 55% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


Nothing on the public schedule for Mayor Kenney today. Yesterday his social media team fired off a rare public jab at the press, starting a Twitter thread with, “The @PhillyInquirer editorial board is tracking who tweets about gun violence, but tweeting doesn’t address the problem… Here’s what we’re doing.”


📟 String Theory Schools and the NAACP host a mayoral candidates forum about technology, innovation, and public education. You can attend in person at 1600 Vine St. or watch the livestream here. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9)

⚙️ The East Passyunk BID hosts “Women Mean Business: Rock Your Revenue,” a panel discussion with tips about launching your own biz as a woman in Philly. Tickets are $10. (6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 13)

🪄 Make plans to visit the Museum of Illusions if you want to take advantage of a week of 1-year anniversary specials, like magicians, 20% off tickets, and free goodie bags. (Monday to Friday, March 13-17)

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Danya Henninger

Danya Henninger is director of Billy Penn at WHYY, where she oversees the team, all editorial decisions, and all revenue generation — including the...