SETTING THE TABLE: BLUEPRINT FOR A HUNGER-FREE PA
The blueprint addresses the commonwealth’s commitment to alleviating hunger. Ensuring Pennsylvanians have adequate access to the food they need is only one piece of the puzzle. To truly end hunger in Pennsylvania, it will take a commitment from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors of government to ensure the availability of a holistic array of interventions and supports to lift low-income families out of poverty.
BLUEPRINT GOALS BY 2020:
1. Every county and/or region in Pennsylvania will have a local food alliance to combat hunger in their local communities.
2. The SNAP participation rate will increase from 90 percent to 98 percent or higher.
3. The number of children benefiting from free and reduced price meals during the school year (linked to nutrition programs in summer) will increase from 20 percent to 30 percent.
4. Sixty percent of students benefiting from free and reduced priced school meals will participate in school breakfast. This is an increase from 47 percent in 2014-15.
5. The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers' Market Nutrition Program redemption rate will increase from 308,000 to 340,000 checks annually.
6. Double SNAP Bucks will be available at all highly accessible, high-need farmers' markets and additional SNAP recipients will have access to SNAP employment and training and SNAP education.
7. Pennsylvanians will have streamlined access to food security information and benefits.
8. The average number of people participating in WIC programs will increase from over 245,000 to 260,000.
9. Pennsylvania will improve access to healthy, nutritious food.