Every four years, Feeding America – the nationwide network of 200 food banks – conducts its Hunger in America study that focuses on hunger in different regions of the United States. This is the largest study of its kind.
Nationally, Hunger in America 2014 found that more than 46 million people rely on agencies and programs within the Feeding America network each year. In Northwest Pennsylvania, 167,700 people are served through the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania annually.
Key findings from the study include:
- Approximately 1 out of 4 people in northwest Pennsylvania receive food from the Second Harvest network each year
- 66,100 households are served annually through programs provided by Second Harvest
- 68% of households report living in poverty
- 83% of client households subsist on annual household incomes of less than $20,000
- 60% of client households employ multiple strategies in order to secure enough food, with 86% of those households accessing food from Second Harvest on a regular basis.
For complete results, please review the downloadable reports below: