Spotlight on Childhood Hunger in Pittsburgh: Casey Pushes to Expand Access to Summer Feeding Programs and Alerts Residents to Local Feeding Sites for Vulnerable Children

80% of Pittsburgh School Children Are Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch During School Year, Yet 9 out of 10 Eligible Children Aren’t Taking Advantage of Summer Meals Program / Over 160 Sites Across Allegheny County

Spotlight on Childhood Hunger in Pittsburgh: Casey Pushes to Expand Access to Summer Feeding Programs and Alerts Residents to Local Feeding Sites for Vulnerable Children

Pittsburgh PA- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey spotlighted childhood hunger in Pittsburgh, pushed for expanded access to summer feeding programs and alerted residents to local feeding sites for vulnerable children. 80% of Pittsburgh school children are eligible for free or reduced price lunch during the school year, yet 9 out of 10 don’t take advantage of summer feeding programs. There are over 160 sites across Allegheny County that are working to ensure children don’t go hungry during the summer months.

“Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks in the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle of poor performance once school begins again,” Senator Casey said. “We need to make the summer feeding program accessible to more children, which is why I am supporting legislation to lower the threshold to allow areas with 40 percent or more of students receiving free or reduced meals to be eligible for the open enrollment program.”

The bipartisan Summer Meals Act of 2015, S. 613, first introduced by Senators Gillibrand (D-NY) and Murkowski (R-AK) would improve the summer food program for children, in preparation for reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act. Specifically it would:

  • Improve the area eligibility test to allow communities to participate if 40 percent of the children in the area are eligible for free or reduced-price meals (rather than 50 percent)
  • Provide funding for transportation grants to fund innovative approaches and mobile meal trucks
  • Allow local government agencies and private nonprofit organizations to feed children year-round through the Sum­mer Food Service Program
  • Allow all sites to serve a third meal (rather than 2 meals and a snack)

Below you will find county by county data on the program and attached a map illustrating the impact of expanding access to the program.

SFSP County Profile - Year 2013-2014 

County

TOTAL

Average Daily Participation

(ADP) During SFSP Ops

Total Lunches Served During SFSP Ops

Sponsors

Sites

June

July

August

June

July

August

Total

ADAMS

9

9

224

320

79

1572

4951

382

6905

ALLEGHENY

275

63

5799

9492

5513

74441

211885

62007

348333

ARMSTRONG

14

5

223

219

193

2475

4860

1945

9280

BEAVER

70

27

1370

1482

852

18480

32640

10822

61942

BEDFORD

5

5

245

152

30

2691

2354

299

5344

BERKS

19

2

609

525

0

6778

14901

0

21679

BLAIR

15

6

1406

1227

718

10652

26516

1642

38810

BRADFORD

10

3

167

180

32

1576

4600

497

6673

BUCKS

20

19

420

782

365

4420

17195

5901

27516

BUTLER

9

4

107

162

148

1171

2759

2202

6132

CAMBRIA

22

22

608

589

329

6737

12855

3611

23203

CAMERON

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CARBON

6

3

159

223

163

1369

4962

2016

8347

CENTRE

19

9

445

467

230

6491

10151

3669

20311

CHESTER

14

14

247

346

414

2719

7646

3905

14270

CLARION

7

6

148

87

52

1632

1475

445

3552

CLEARFIELD

12

9

267

231

237

3491

4983

3428

11902

CLINTON

2

2

0

18

0

0

279

0

279

COLUMBIA

14

7

222

303

182

3547

6743

1998

12288

CRAWFORD

1

1

195

186

194

2924

4090

3096

10110

CUMBERLAND

23

7

242

257

184

3136

4942

1956

10034

DAUPHIN

51

38

1434

1293

191

20512

27395

2123

50030

DELAWARE

35

12

165

1422

830

1344

31025

11053

43422

ELK

4

4

95

0

0

1139

0

0

1139

ERIE

99

81

1436

1962

1206

22259

42737

14869

79865

FAYETTE

94

93

856

1985

697

8477

48976

7869

65322

FOREST

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

FRANKLIN

12

7

454

464

335

2981

9866

2115

14962

FULTON

2

2

24

29

30

356

604

326

1286

GREENE

19

19

492

441

122

5424

7785

1333

14542

HUNTINGDON

2

1

0

35

0

0

706

0

706

INDIANA

13

9

218

460

64

2884

3625

589

7098

JEFFERSON

2

2

79

58

90

1250

1256

1259

3765

JUNIATA

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LACKAWANNA

34

32

47

755

320

515

18700

4388

23603

LANCASTER

49

6

1100

1236

711

13138

24531

8997

46666

LAWRENCE

29

10

506

524

288

7014

12196

6157

25367

LEBANON

15

6

217

330

197

3533

7084

3209

13826

LEHIGH

67

66

607

1731

661

3341

37504

9149

49994

LUZERNE

132

30

1846

2151

1623

11391

47404

18582

77377

LYCOMING

10

4

193

233

84

2591

4922

1311

8824

MCKEAN

12

11

106

221

33

1146

5092

353

6591

MERCER

25

22

535

1066

474

5104

9556

4403

19063

MIFFLIN

6

3

159

48

23

1606

856

205

2667

MONROE

7

7

56

168

60

333

4189

661

5183

MONTGOMERY

57

41

990

1611

1053

10039

36757

17268

64064

MONTOUR

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

NORTHAMPTON

47

47

811

1353

432

11832

28546

6280

46658

NORTHUMBERLAND

23

5

468

418

219

6786

8545

2915

18246

PERRY

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

PHILADELPHIA

1020

31

615

31571

27362

3921

885826

580089

1469836

PIKE

2

2

171

233

239

1914

7340

4133

13387

POTTER

4

4

41

0

0

582

0

0

582

SCHUYLKILL

29

17

954

834

544

15644

19292

7768

42704

SNYDER

4

4

83

75

25

1062

1515

25

2602

SOMERSET

20

10

158

261

209

1998

5129

3358

10485

SULLIVAN

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SUSQUEHANNA

7

7

63

99

45

435

1875

178

2488

TIOGA

7

6

108

114

49

1248

2363

547

4158

UNION

12

12

0

230

96

0

235

194

429

VENANGO

19

3

411

412

328

7091

9017

5672

21780

WARREN

7

7

206

157

0

2452

4296

0

6748

WASHINGTON

18

18

394

480

93

4285

9802

1022

15109

WAYNE

5

5

0

172

246

0

5137

5802

10939

WESTMORELAND

34

16

580

594

292

6367

14932

1750

23049

WYOMING

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

YORK

37

23

456

991

100

3006

21833

596

25435

OTHER

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OUT OF STATE

15

15

389

772

704

3838

23896

14976

42710

TOTAL

 

963

30626

74237

49990

355140

1813132

861345

3029617