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Pennsylvania's Hunger Statistics

5% of all households in Pennsylvania are food insecure with hunger.
12.5% of all households are food insecure.
>1 in 5 households with children struggle with food hardship.
15% of all households struggle with food hardship.

Demographics

Population (2011):

Pennsylvania 12,742,886
United States 311,591,917

Median Household Income (2006-2010):
Pennsylvania $50,398
United States $51,914
Poverty Rate (2010):

Pennsylvania Average 13.4%
National Average 15.1%

Child Poverty Rate (2010):

Pennsylvania Average 19.1%
National Average 21.6% 

Senior Poverty Rate (2010):

Pennsylvania Average 7.9%
National Average 9.0% 

Unemployment Rate (May 2012):

Pensylvania Average 7.4%
National Average 8.2%

FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAM PARTICIPATION IN PENNSYLVANIA

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program)

Participation (June 2011):
1,735,414 persons
Participation (June 2012):
1,784,051 persons
Percent Change in Participation:
+2.8 %

Percent of Eligible Persons Who Participate (2007):

76% (Pennsylvania)
66% (Nationally)
Average Monthly Benefit (June 2012):

$262.70 per household

Length of Food Stamp Application:
8 pages

School Breakfast Program

 

2009 - 10

2010 - 11

Difference

Average Daily
Student Participation:
281,584
292,391
+3.84%
Number of Participating Schools:
3,172
3,146
-0.82%

National School Lunch Program

 

2009 - 10

2010 - 11

Difference

Average Daily
Student Participation:
1,043,239
1,041,328
-0.18%
Number of Participating Schools:
3,821
3,777
%
Percent Students Eligible for Free/Reduce-Priced Meals :
38.82%
39.4%
-1.15%

Summer Food Service Program for Children

 

2010

2011

Difference

Meals Claimed:
4,988,400
5,109,083
+2.42%
Number of Feeding Sites:
2,094
2,092
-2

WIC Total # of Participants:

 

September 2010

September 2011

Difference

Women      
Infants      
Children      
Total
     

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

 

2010-11

2011-12

Difference

Participants
34,588
34,588
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STATE NUTRITION PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

 

2011 Est. Participants

$ Coupons Redeemed

Redemption Rate

Seniors
177,363
$3,110,660
87.69%
WIC
155,291
$1,681,435
54.14%

Total

332,654
$4,792,095
72.03%

 

State Food Purchase Program Distribution

 

2009-2010

2010-11

Difference

Households
894,170
599,680
-32.9%
Children
760,233
464,520
-38.9%

Seniors

285,348
182,523
-36.0%



For more information on these programs, please see our Food and Nutrition Resource Guide.

County data available by request.

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