The Numbers

  • Food Insecure Population: 19,190
  • Food Insecurity Rate: 13.6%
  • Food Insecure Children: 6,180
  • Child Food Insecurity Rate: 22.6%
  • Population in Poverty: 19,846
  • Poverty Rate: 14.9%
  • Children under 18 in Poverty: 6,567
  • Children under 18 Poverty Rate: 24.4%
  • Seniors over 65 in Poverty: 2,151
  • Seniors over 65 Poverty Rate: 8.2%
  • Unemployment Rate (Feb. ‘16): 6.1%

The Impact of Charitable Food Assistance in Cambria County

Food for Families is the Partner Distribution Organization (PDO) of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank which serves Cambria County.

  • 655,336 meals were distributed to individuals and families throughout the county in fiscal year 2014-2015.
  • Food for Families, the Food Bank and local partners served 6,547 people* throughout the county in January 2016.
  • Out of those who received food assistance in January 2016, 519 individuals were first-time recipients, meaning they had never received emergency food assistance in the previous twelve months.

The Impact of Food & Nutrition Programs in Cambria County

State Food Purchase Program

A state funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. United Way Laurel Highlands, Inc. is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • $210,509.73 was allocated to the county in fiscal year 2013-14. These funds helped feed 24,877 households, including 23,659 children and 9,806 seniors.*
  • Cambria County was allocated $207,041.56 for fiscal year 2015-16.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Food for Families is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • 7,199 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.
  • 23,526 individuals in Cambria County received SNAP benefits in March 2016.
  • In fiscal year 2014-15, $32,121,870 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at 126 SNAP-authorized stores in the county. 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 Food for Families, Inc. to distribute the boxes.

  • Income eligibility: seniors below 130% of poverty level.
  • In 2015, approximately 548 seniors with low incomes throughout the county 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.
  • 9,635 children throughout the county 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.
  • 42,067 meals and snacks were served to children over the course of the summer of 2015.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

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

  • Income eligibility depends on type of site.
  • 37 sites served a total of 442,758 meals and snacks throughout the county 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. The Community Action Partnership of Cambria County administers the program in Cambria County.

  • Income eligibility: women and children under age five below 185% of poverty level for seniors.
  • On average, 3,038 women, infants and children in the county participated in the WIC program each month during fiscal year 2013-14.
  • In the same year, $2,205,653.35 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 16 WIC-authorized stores in the county.

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 1,100 WIC participants and 2,400 seniors at authorized farm stands and markets.

Congregate & Home- Delivered Meals

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

  • Eligibility is based on age or in-home assessments by AAA.
  • A total of 284,675 meals were served or delivered to 3,237 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.