The Numbers

  • Food Insecure Population: 11,920
  • Food Insecurity Rate: 13.5%
  • Food Insecure Children: 3,330
  • Child Food Insecurity Rate: 20.3%
  • Population in Poverty: 14,223
  • Poverty Rate: 17.2%
  • Children under 18 in Poverty: 3,056
  • Children under 18 Poverty Rate: 19.0%
  • Seniors over 65 in Poverty: 1,088
  • Seniors over 65 Poverty Rate: 7.8%
  • Unemployment Rate (Feb. ‘16): 6.5%

The Impact of Charitable Food Providers in Indiana County

Indiana County Community Action Program is the Partner Distribution Organization (PDO) of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank which serves Indiana County.

  • 478,579 meals were distributed to individuals and families throughout the county in fiscal year 2014-15.
  • Indiana County Community Action Program, the Food Bank and local partners served 3,241 individuals* throughout the county during January 2016.
  • Out of those who received food assistance in January 2016, 98 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 Indiana County

State Food Purchase Program

A state funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Indiana County Community Action Program is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • $104,005.48 was allocated to the county in fiscal year 2013-14. These funds helped feed 2,075 households, which included 884 children and 816 seniors.*
  • $99,532.42 was allocated to Indiana County for fiscal year 2015-2016.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Indiana County Community Action Program is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • 5,219 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 individuals over age 60 or with a disability.
  • 11,231 individuals in Indiana County received SNAP benefits in March 2016.
  • In fiscal year 2014-15, $12,765,639 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at 53 SNAP-authorized stores in the county. For every $5.00 in new SNAP benefits, $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 Indiana County Community Action Program to distribute the boxes.

  • Income eligibility: seniors below 130% of poverty level.
  • In 2015, approximately 463 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 185% for reduced price meals.
  • 4,438 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.
  • 7,317 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.
  • 9 sites served a total of 127,054 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. Adagio Health administers the program in Indiana County and five surrounding counties.

  • Income eligibility: women and children under age five below 185% of poverty level.
  • On average, 1,445 women, infants and children in the county participated in WIC each month during fiscal year 2013-14.
  • In the same year, $992,329.22 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 9 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: WIC participants or seniors below 185% of poverty level.
  • In 2014, vouchers worth $20 were used by approximately 700 WIC participants and 1,400 seniors at authorized farm stands and markets.

Congregate & Home-Delivered Meals

Federal and state funded programs administered by the PA Department of Aging. Aging Services, Inc. of Indiana County administers these programs.

  • Eligibility is based on age or in-home assessments by Area Agency on Aging.
  • A total of 81,133 meals were served or delivered to 1,092 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.