The Numbers

  • Food Insecure Population: 22,310
  • Food Insecurity Rate: 13.1%
  • Food Insecure Children: 6,860
  • Child Food Insecurity Rate: 20.1%
  • Population in Poverty: 20,218
  • Poverty Rate: 12.1%
  • Children under 18 in Poverty: 6,215
  • Children under 18 Poverty Rate: 18.5%
  • Seniors over 65 in Poverty: 2,581
  • Seniors over 65 Poverty Rate: 8.1%
  • Unemployment Rate (Feb. ‘16): 5.8%

The Impact of Charitable Food Assistance in Beaver County

The Salvation Army – Beaver County is the Partner Distribution Organization (PDO) of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank which serves Beaver County.

  • 1,574,834 meals were served to individuals and families throughout the county in fiscal year 2014-15.
  • The Salvation Army – Beaver County, the Food Bank and local partners served 5,752 people* throughout the county in January 2016.
  • Out of those who received food assistance in January 2016, 187 individuals were first-time recipients, meaning they had never received emergency food assistance during the previous twelve months.

The Impact of Food & Nutrition Programs in Beaver County

State Food Purchase Program

A state funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. The Salvation Army—Beaver Falls is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • $238,022.18 was allocated to the county in fiscal year 2013-14. These funds helped feed 3,492 households, including 2,124 children and 1,624 seniors.*
  • Beaver County was allocated $228,471.29 for fiscal year 2015-16.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. The Salvation Army—Beaver Falls is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • 5,596 cases of TEFAP commodities were distributed throughout the county 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 an individual over age 60 or with a disability.
  • 24,922 individuals received SNAP benefits in March 2016.
  • In fiscal year 2014-15, $32,734,850 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at 128 SNAP-authorized stores. For every $5.00 in SNAP benefits distributed, $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.
  • In 2015, approximately 507 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 below 185% of poverty level for reduced-price meals.
  • 10,302 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.
  • 79,685 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.
  • 35 sites served a total of 459,598 meals and snacks in fiscal year 2013-14.

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

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Health. Adagio Health administers the program in Beaver County and five other southwestern PA counties.

  • Income eligibility: women and children under age 5 below 185% of poverty level.
  • In fiscal year 2012-13, approximately 2,780 women, infants and children participated in WIC each month.
  • In the same year, $2,171,446 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 17 WIC-authorized stores in the county.

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

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Health. Adagio Health administers the program in Beaver County and five other southwestern PA counties.

  • Income eligibility: women and children under age five below 185% of poverty level.
  • On average, 3,015 women, infants and children participated in the WIC program each month during fiscal year 2013-14.
  • In the same year, $2,216,001.97 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 19 WIC-authorized stores.

Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

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

  • Income eligibility: current WIC participants or below 185% of poverty level for seniors.
  • In 2014, vouchers worth $20 were used by approximately 960 WIC participants and 3,800 seniors at authorized farm stands and markets.

Congregate & Home-Delivered Meals

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

  • Eligibility is based on age or in-home assessments by AAA staff.
  • A total of 43,486 meals were served or delivered to 1,846 seniors* in fiscal year 2013-14.

*Duplication may be possible.

 

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Visit our references page for information on the data sources for our county hunger profiles.