The Numbers

  • Food Insecure Population: 174,110
  • Food Insecurity Rate: 14.2%
  • Food Insecure Children: 42,170
  • Child Food Insecurity Rate: 17.8%
  • Population in Poverty: 154,639
  • Poverty Rate: 12.9%
  • Children under 18 in Poverty: 41,455
  • Children under 18 Poverty Rate: 17.7%
  • Seniors over 65 in Poverty: 17,128
  • Seniors over 65 Poverty Rate: 8.5%
  • Unemployment Rate (Feb. ‘16): 4.7%

The Impact of Charitable Food Assistance in Allegheny County

Together with partner agencies, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serves Allegheny and 10 other southwestern Pennsylvania counties.

  • 12,881,530 meals were distributed to individuals and families throughout Allegheny County in fiscal year 2014-15.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and its partners served 68,365* individuals throughout the county in January 2016.
  • 21 percent of people served by the Food Bank are children, 26 percent are senior citizens, and 27 percent of households served include an active military member or a veteran.

The Impact of Food & Nutrition Programs in Allegheny County

State Food Purchase Program

A state funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • $1,558,651.72 was allocated to the county in fiscal year 2013-14. This helped feed 209,841 households, which included 133,300 children and 87,433 seniors.*
  • Allegheny County was allocated $1,492,050.63 for fiscal year 2015-16.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Allegheny County Department of Human Services is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • The Food Bank distributed 37,365 cases of TEFAP commodities in fiscal year 2014-15.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP / Food Stamps)

A federally funded entitlement program administered by the PA Department of Human Services.

  • Income eligibility: below 160% of poverty level or below 200% of poverty level for households with individuals over age 60 or with a disability.
  • 161,202 individuals received SNAP benefits in March 2016.
  • In fiscal year 2014-15, $243,543,597 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at 870 SNAP-authorized stores. For every $5.00 in new SNAP benefits distributed, as much as $9.00 in local economic activity is generated.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Hunger-Free Pennsylvania partners with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to distribute the boxes.

  • Income eligibility: seniors below 130% of poverty level.
  • During 2015, approximately 4,188 low-income seniors received a monthly box of nutritious food.

National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs

A federally funded entitlement program administered by the PA Department of Education.

  • Income eligibility: below 130% of poverty level for free meals and 185% for reduced price meals.
  • 72,507 children received free or reduced-price school meals during the 2014-15 school year.

Summer Food Service Program

A federally funded entitlement program administered by the PA Department of Education.

  • Income eligibility depends on type of site.
  • 719,128 meals and snacks were served to children over the course of the summer of 2015.

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

A federally funded entitlement program administered by the PA Department of Education.

  • Income eligibility depends on type of site.
  • 390 sites served a total of 6,445,175 meals and snacks during fiscal year 2013-14.

Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Health.

  • Income eligibility: women and children under age five below 185% of poverty level.
  • On average, 15,495 women, infants and children participated in the WIC program each month in fiscal year 2013-14.
  • In the same year, $12,451,776.52 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 118 WIC-authorized stores.

Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

A federal and state funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture.

  • Income eligibility: WIC participants or seniors below 185% of poverty level.
  • In 2014, vouchers worth $20 were used by approximately 5,400 WIC participants and 18,700 seniors at authorized farm stands and markets.

Congregate & Home-Delivered Meals

Federal and state funded programs administered by the PA Department of Aging. Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) administers these programs.

  • Eligibility based on age or in-home assessments by AAA.
  • A total of 685,144 meals were served or delivered to 10,819 seniors* during fiscal year 2013-14.

*Duplication may be possible.

 

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