In rural Pennsylvania, 1 in 4 people qualify for emergency food assistance, making up 25 percent of the rural population. 13.6 percent of rural households in Pennsylvania receive SNAP benefits, which provide additional resources to families to purchase food.
The challenges facing rural residents include lower education, which lead to lower paying jobs, and lack of jobs in general. The median household income in rural Pennsylvania is $44,524 and the unemployment rate is higher.
Rural residents also face limited access to social services—including WIC sites and transportation services—which can impact food security.
Food deserts—or limited access to affordable healthy food—is also a problem in rural parts of our state.