Many startling numbers come from this report, including some that are below. But of those numbers, one is critical for those who are food insecure: 30.5 percent of food insecure households earned below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (which is the income eligibility level for food stamps (SNAP)) but did not receive SNAP benefits in the past 12 months.
Even if you work, receive unemployment benefits, own a car, or are single, you may still qualify for food stamps, depending on how much you earn and the size of your household. There are many ways you can see if you qualify:
- Call PathWays PA at 610-543-5022 to do a food stamp screening over the phone
- See if you qualify using PathWays PA's new Online Training and Benefits Eligibility Tool
- Use Pennsylvania's COMPASS system to apply
- Learn more about food stamps and applying
- While 2/3rds of "food insecure" families nationally "have enough to eat" through reliance on food stamps, food pantries, and soup kitchens, 1/3rd skip meals or eat smaller portions in order to get by (those with "very low food security").
- Of the households with very low food security, 506,000 contain children, an increase of 183,000 households in the past year.
- In Pennsylvania, 4.2 percent of households had very low food security.