The Numbers

  • Food Insecure Population: 9,820
  • Food Insecurity Rate: 12.7%
  • Food Insecure Children: 3,140
  • Child Food Insecurity Rate: 21.7%
  • Population in Poverty: 9,206
  • Poverty Rate: 12.7%
  • Children under 18 in Poverty: 2,783
  • Children under 18 Poverty Rate: 19.5%
  • Seniors over 65 in Poverty: 1,497
  • Seniors over 65 Poverty Rate: 10.5%
  • Unemployment Rate (Feb. ‘16): 6.9%

The Impact of Charitable Food Providers in Somerset County

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

  • 847,579 meals were distributed to individuals and families throughout the county in fiscal year 2014-15.
  • Food for Families, the Food Bank and local partners served 3,836 people* throughout the county in January 2016.
  • Out of those who received food assistance in January 2016, 69 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 Somerset County

State Food Purchase Program

A state funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Tableland Services, Inc. is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • $96,978.80 was allocated to the county in fiscal year 2013-14. These funds helped feed 2,235 households, which included 1,769 children and 842 seniors.*
  • Somerset County was allocated $94,535.47 for fiscal year 2015-16.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

A federally funded program administered by the PA Department of Agriculture. Tableland Services, Inc. is the lead agency.

  • Income eligibility: below 150% of poverty level.
  • 3,487 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.
  • 10,603 individuals throughout Somerset County received SNAP benefits in March 2016.
  • In fiscal year 2014-15, $9,754,941 in SNAP benefits were redeemed at 62 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 Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to distribute the boxes.

  • Income eligibility: seniors below 130% of poverty level.
  • In 2015, approximately 550 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.
  • 4,411 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.
  • 12,785 meals and snacks were served to children throughout the county 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.
  • 12 sites served a total of 61,758 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 Family Health Council of Central PA administers the program in Somerset County.

  • Income eligibility: women and children under age five below 185% of poverty level.
  • On average, 1,256 women, infants and children in the county participated in the WIC program each month during fiscal year 2013-14.
  • In the same year, $869,132.50 in WIC benefits were redeemed at 8 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. The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of Somerset County administers these programs.

  • Eligibility is based on age or in-home assessments by AAA.
  • A total of 120,691 meals were served or delivered to 1,332 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.