The Numbers

  • Food Insecure Population: 326,530
  • Food Insecurity Rate: 13.4%
  • Food Insecure Children: 90,850
  • Child Food Insecurity Rate: 19.0%
  • Population in Poverty: 307,026
  • Poverty Rate: 12.6%
  • Children under 18 in Poverty: 86,244
  • Children under 18 Poverty Rate: 15.8%
  • Seniors over 65 in Poverty: 34,316
  • Seniors over 65 Poverty Rate: 8.0%
  • Unemployment Rate (Nov. ‘15): 4.6%

 

The Impact of Charitable Food Providers in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Together with partner agencies, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serves 11 southwestern Pennsylvania counties.

  • 21,905,914 meals were distributed to individuals and families throughout its 11-county service area in fiscal year 2014-15.
  • The Food Bank and its partners served 117,290 people* throughout the 11-county service area in January 2016.
  • 21 percent of individuals served are children and 26 percent are seniors. 28 percent of households served include a veteran or active military member.

The Impact of Food & Nutrition Programs in the Food Bank’s Service Area

State Food Purchase Program

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

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • $3,200,636.02 was allocated to the 11 counties in the Food Bank’s service area in fiscal year 2013-14. This helped feed 292,912 households, which included 179,627 children and 113,476 seniors.*
  • The total allocation for the counties within the Food Bank’s service area for fiscal year 2015-16 is $3,073,988.77.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

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

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • The Food Bank and its partners distributed 88,099 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.
  • 339,008 individuals received SNAP benefits in March 2016.
  • In fiscal year 2014-15, $465,876,450 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at 1,795 SNAP-authorized stores. For every $5.00 in new SNAP benefits distributed, as much as $9.00 in 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 the Food Bank and other community partners to distribute the boxes.

  • Income eligibility: seniors below 130% of poverty level.
  • Approximately 9,145 low-income seniors received a monthly box of nutritious food in 2015.

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.
  • 141,861 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.
  • 1,057,504 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.
  • 595 sites served a total of 9,397,473 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, 35,671 women, infants and children participated in the WIC program each month during fiscal year 2013-14.
  • In the same year, $27,113,918.88 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 248 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 13,300 WIC participants and 37,600 seniors at authorized farm stands and markets.

Congregate & Home-Delivered Meals

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

  • Eligibility is based on age or in-home assessments by AAA.
  • A total of 2,014,966 meals were served to 27,941 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.