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)
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