The Numbers

  • Food Insecure Population: 19,280
  • Food Insecurity Rate: 10.4%
  • Food Insecure Children: 6,500
  • Child Food Insecurity Rate: 16.3%
  • Population in Poverty: 16,050
  • Poverty Rate: 8.9%
  • Children under 18 in Poverty: 4,010
  • Children under 18 Poverty Rate: 10.2%
  • Seniors over 65 in Poverty: 1,626
  • Seniors over 65 Poverty Rate: 5.7%
  • Unemployment Rate (Feb. ‘16): 4.7%

The Impact of Charitable Food Assistance in Butler County

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, with the help of community partners, serves Butler County and ten other southwestern Pennsylvania counties.

  • 1,206,384 meals were distributed to individuals and families throughout the county in fiscal year 2014-15.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and local partners served 7,734 people* throughout the county in January 2016.
  • Out of those who received food assistance in January 2016, 436 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 Butler County

State Food Purchase Program

A state funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Butler County Community Action & Development is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • $167,245.65 was allocated to the county in fiscal year 2013-14. These funds helped feed 2,281 households, including 1,662 children and 1,056 seniors.*
  • Butler County is allocated $158,149.71 for fiscal year 2015-16.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Butler County Community Action & Development is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • 6,476 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% for households with an individual over age 60 or with a disability.
  • 16,141 individuals received SNAP benefits in March 2016.
  • In fiscal year 2014-15, $22,703,137 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at 118 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 Butler County Community Action & Development to distribute the boxes.

  • Income eligibility: seniors below 130% of poverty level.
  • In 2015, approximately 366 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.
  • 7,483 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.
  • 7,873 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.
  • 26 sites served a total of 306,722 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 Butler County and 5 surrounding counties.

  • Income eligibility: women and children under age 5 below 185% of poverty level.
  • On average, 2,419 women, infants and children participated in the WIC program each month in fiscal year 2013-14.
  • In the same year, $1,706,670.56 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 20 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 800 WIC participants and 1,600 seniors at authorized farm stands and markets.

Congregate & Home-Delivered Meals

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

  • Eligibility is based on age or in-home assessments by AAA staff.
  • A total of 62,730 meals were served or delivered to 1,225 seniors* during 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.