Hunger in Pennsylvania

According to Feeding America, in Pennsylvania

  • Over 1.6 million people struggle with hunger and over 482,000 are children.
  • Briefly, 1 in 8 people struggles with hunger; 1 in 6 children struggles with hunger.
  • People facing hunger are estimated to report needing over $880 million more to meet their food needs.
  • The average meal cost is $2.93
  • $2.7 million distributed through SNAP generated $4.6 million in economic activity.

Food banks and pantries across the Commonwealth work hard to reduce hunger and food insecurity by ensuring access to healthy, nutritious meals.

Initiatives include:

  • Fill a Glass with Hope – A partnership formed among Feeding Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, American Dairy Association North East, the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program agriculture partners and business leaders that provides fresh milk to Pennsylvania families through Feeding Pennsylvania’s network of food banks.
  • Fresh Produce Program – A national priority of Feeding America, “Food to Encourage,” include fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats and fresh milk. Feeding Pennsylvania’s produce sourcing group, made up of representatives from all eight of Feeding Pennsylvania food banks, work together to improve distribution of produce throughout the state, from goods coming from the port of Philadelphia to produce grown here in central Pennsylvania’s rich farmland.
  • Military Share – Many veterans and currently-enlisted members of the U.S. Armed Forces, along with their families struggle with hunger. In November 2015, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank responded to this need by creating a program call Military Share. The program partnered with VFW posts, armories and AMVETS locations to provide food assistance to those in need who are serving or have served the United States.