Food Insecurity Rate

This indicator reports the estimated percentage of the population that experienced food insecurity at some point during the report year. Food insecurity is the household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.
Report Area Total Population Food Insecure Population, Total Food Insecurity Rate
Franklin County, PA 150,594 17,790 11.81%
Pennsylvania 12,773,801 1,808,660 14.16%
United States 320,750,757 48,770,990 15.21%
Note: This Indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: Feeding America. 2013. Source geography: Country
Food Insecurity - Food Insecure Children
This indicator reports the estimated percentage of the population under age 18 that experienced food insecurity at some point during the report year. Food insecurity is the household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.
Report Area Population Under Age 18 Food Insecure Children, Total Child Food Insecurity Rate
Franklin County, PA 35,565 6,990 19.65%
Pennsylvania 2,716,253 564,440 20.78%
United States 73,580,326 17,284,530 23.49%
Food Insecurity - Food Insecure Population Ineligible for Assistance
This indicator reports the estimated percentage of the total population and the population under age 18 that experienced food insecurity at some point during the report year, but are ineligible for State or Federal nutrition assistance. Food insecurity is the household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Assistance eligibility is determined based on household income of the food insecure households relative to the maximum income-to-poverty ratio for assistance programs (SNAP, WIC, school meals, CSFP and TEFAP).
Report Area Food Insecure Population, Total Percentage of Food Insecure Population Ineligible for Assistance Food Insecure Children, Total Percentage of Food Insecure Children Ineligible for Assistance
Franklin County, PA 17,790 36% 6,990 33%
Pennsylvania 1,808,660 36% 564,440 33%
United States 48,770,990 29% 17,284,530 31%
Website Updated August 2016

Food Insecurity Rate

Data Background

Feeding America is the nation’s network of more than 200 food banks and the largest hunger-relief charity in the United States. Each year, Feeding America secures and distributes three billion pounds of food and grocery products through 61,000 agencies nationwide. The agency network provides charitable food assistance to an estimated 37 million people in need annually. In addition to outreach, Feeding America works with other foundations to produce hunger studies like Map the Meal Gap to help combat hunger by learning about food insecurity at the local level.

Methodology

This indicator reports number of percentage of food insecure population in the United States. Additional information includes food insecure persons ineligible for income assistance. Maximum income thresholds for assistance programs vary by state (165% FPL to 200% FPL). This data is acquired from Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap hunger study. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as the inability to meet food needs during at least 7 months of the year. Data are estimates generated by Feeding America using inputs from multiple data sources, including the Current population Survey (CPS), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the American Community Survey (ACS). Additional analysis was contributed by Nielsen. For complete details please see the full Executive Summary or visit the Map the Meal Gap web page.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, August 2016