State of Hunger: Pennsylvania 2013

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Who is affected by food insecurity in Pennsylvania? Most importantly, what more can we do to make sure they get the help that they need? These are some of the questions this report aims to answer.  

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  • FOOD INSECURITY: People who are food insecure at times lack access to enough food for an active, healthy life, as measured by the USDA.
  • SNAP: Formerly known as food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides low-income residents with monthly food assistance to buy food at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and small businesses.
  • SCHOOL BREAKFAST & LUNCH: Low-income children can qualify for free or reduced-priced meals at school through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.
  • WIC (WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN) PROGRAM: WIC serves low-income pregnant women, new moms, infants and children up to age 5. They receive vouchers for healthy foods, nutrition education and health care referrals.
  • STATE FOOD PURCHASE PROGRAM: The State Food Purchase Program is a state-funded program that provides food to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charities to feed low-income residents in the community.
Data Sources: Feeding America (2010) PA Department of Public Welfare (2012) PA Department of Education (2011 & 2012) PA Department of Health (2012) PA Department of Agriculture (2011-2012) Food Research & Action Center (2011) U.S. Census Bureau (2011)