The Numbers

  • Food Insecure Population: 11,870
  • Food Insecurity Rate: 13.2%
  • Food Insecure Children: 3,990
  • Child Food Insecurity Rate: 21.4%
  • Population in Poverty: 12,660
  • Poverty Rate: 14.5%
  • Children under 18 in Poverty: 4,159
  • Children under 18 Poverty Rate: 22.6%
  • Seniors over 65 in Poverty: 1,339
  • Seniors over 65 Poverty Rate: 8.0%
  • Unemployment Rate (Feb. ‘16): 6.3%

The Impact of Charitable Food Providers in Lawrence County

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

  • 1,013,560 meals were distributed to individuals and families throughout the county in fiscal year 2014-15.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and local partners served 3,726 people* throughout the county in January 2016.
  • Out of those who received food assistance in January 2016, 124 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 Lawrence County

State Food Purchase Program

A state funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • $144,706.96 was allocated to the county in fiscal year 2013-14. These funds helped feed 34,338 households, which included 8,051 children and 8,791 seniors.*
  • Lawrence County is allocated $138,261.63 for fiscal year 2015-16.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • 3,542 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.
  • 16,153 individuals throughout Lawrence County received SNAP benefits in March 2016.
  • In fiscal year 2014-15, $19,248,129 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at 79 SNAP-authorized stores throughout 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 Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to distribute the boxes.

  • Income eligibility: seniors below 130% of poverty level.
  • In 2015, approximately 363 low-income seniors 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.
  • 6,503 children throughout the county received free or reduced-price 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.
  • 39,120 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.
  • 19 sites served a total of 351,715 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 Lawrence County and 5 surrounding counties.

  • Income eligibility: women and children under age five below 185% of poverty level.
  • On average, 1,687 women, infants and children in the county participated in WIC each month in fiscal year 2013-14.
  • In the same year, $1,245,067.64 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 6 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 1,300 seniors at authorized farm stands and markets.

Congregate & Home-Delivered Meals

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

  • Eligibility is based on age or in-home assessments by AAA.
  • A total of 69,073 meals were served or delivered to 1,206 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.