Casey Alerts PA Residents to More Than 2,000 Sites That Ensure Children Don't Go Hungry in Summer Months

More Than 777,000 Children in Pennsylvania are Eligible to Receive Nutrition Assistance During the School Year, but Many Go Hungry During Summer Months / County, Statewide Data Shows How Children Benefit from Nutrition Programs / At Least 8 out of 10 School Year Eligible Children in PA Aren’t Taking Advantage of Program

Casey Alerts PA Residents to More Than 2,000 Sites That Ensure Children Don't Go Hungry in Summer Months

Washington, DC - With schools closed for the summer, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus, highlighted resources available to more than 777,000 children who receive critical nutrition assistance during the school year. Casey discussed the resources available through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federal nutrition program jointly run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and local sponsors. There are more than 2,000 sites across Pennsylvania.

“As we approach July 4th it’s important to remember that there are far too many children in Pennsylvania and across the country who are hungry,” Senator Casey said. “This is a program that can help children get the food they need during the summer months when school is out. Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. We need to raise awareness about it so that every child eligible for summer meals can get them.”

There are over 777,000 children eligible for free or reduced lunches during the school year, yet at least 8 out of 10 do not take advantage of the food program during the summer months. The program helps children receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is out.  Residents can find more information about the program by calling 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE or visiting pasummermeals.com.

Below, county and statewide data shows how children benefitted from the summer food program in 2013:

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Division of Food and Nutrition

Pennsylvania Statewide Summer Food Service Program 2013

 

ADP

Breakfast

Lunch

Supper

Snack

Totals

ADAMS

453

4164

7022

0

6388

18027

ALLEGHENY

10319

190360

328690

7456

59924

596749

ARMSTRONG

289

135

12155

181

0

12760

BEAVER

2145

4412

58638

3464

0

68659

BEDFORD

222

748

5445

0

0

6415

BERKS

723

207

20981

0

0

21911

BLAIR

1559

9067

35237

0

0

45863

BRADFORD

232

3140

7358

0

2262

12992

BUCKS

287

2736

4986

0

3912

11921

BUTLER

2083

0

5483

1167

3315

12048

CAMBRIA

1138

13687

22095

1469

0

38389

CARBON

196

0

8742

0

1360

10298

CENTRE

448

3762

20142

4948

2695

31995

CHESTER

755

7471

18775

822

11029

38852

CLARION

138

2884

3907

693

0

7622

CLEARFIELD

463

0

16252

0

0

16715

CLINTON

16

317

280

268

0

881

COLUMBIA

546

5088

15031

3679

5724

30068

CRAWFORD

207

7423

10261

0

0

17891

CUMBERLAND

469

5308

14405

9358

745

30285

DAUPHIN

1193

15870

38727

0

0

55790

DELAWARE

1063

10077

28468

0

0

39608

ELK

65

0

1051

0

0

1116

ERIE

2721

31287

71991

1857

463

108319

FAYETTE

2132

5322

66649

178

15845

90126

FRANKLIN

401

8210

11561

0

0

20172

FULTON

11

56

56

0

0

123

GREENE

651

0

13967

0

12226

26844

HUNTINGDON

30

0

761

0

0

791

INDIANA

252

2703

7280

441

786

11462

JEFFERSON

75

0

3257

0

0

3332

LACKAWANNA

875

18406

24509

95

14043

57928

LANCASTER

1292

14586

45321

6863

17935

85997

LAWRENCE

688

4086

21226

0

2077

28077

LEBANON

885

1758

14185

157

2490

19475

LEHIGH

1566

16084

45181

0

8229

71060

LUZERNE

2580

15414

89364

3081

23300

133739

LYCOMING

156

924

6624

0

0

7704

MCKEAN

220

596

6012

0

0

6828

MERCER

701

682

20201

2415

4154

28153

MIFFLIN

236

380

3073

171

2100

5960

MONROE

204

5492

5065

3491

0

14252

MONTGOMERY

1300

34420

45306

8161

2634

91821

NORTHAMPTON

1718

23665

43407

0

5547

74337

NORTHUMBERLAND

456

1641

18490

0

0

20587

PHILADELPHIA

53986

336138

1387698

13105

1090749

2881676

PIKE

232

11672

11824

11768

0

35496

POTTER

120

91

784

91

0

1086

SCHUYLKILL

1158

5916

46954

0

0

54028

SNYDER

69

0

2421

0

751

3241

SOMERSET

238

3402

4830

2381

1621

12472

SUSQUEHANNA

94

1000

1316

0

238

2648

TIOGA

104

0

3568

0

667

4339

UNION

120

810

451

506

1935

3822

VENANGO

272

513

13610

0

923

15318

WARREN

147

0

3747

0

0

3894

WASHINGTON

1420

6481

16397

1372

11

25681

WAYNE

220

10392

10040

10339

0

30991

WESTMORELAND

907

8004

22463

0

0

31374

YORK

806

6081

22012

0

0

28899

PA TOTAL

105026

904542

2837185

141848

1306078

5294679

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