The Data: PA Food Programs
Nutritious meals are available to individuals age 60 and older and their spouses through home-delivered meals or at senior community centers.
Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP)
CACFP provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served to children receiving nonresidential day care in private homes that are licensed, registered, or approved to subsidized relative/neighbor child care. Data on Child and Adult Care Food Program 2014-2015 Meal Counts.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
The USDA purchases food and makes it available to states, which store and distribute the food to public and non-profit local agencies. Data on Commodity Supplemental Food Program 2002-2017
PA Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
FMNP distributes checks to eligible seniors and Women, Infants & Children (WIC). These checks can be used at participating farm markets and roadside stands to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables which are grown (or are growable) in Pennsylvania.
School Nutrition Programs (SNP)
SNP provides reimbursement to school districts for nutritious meals to serve to children at reasonable prices.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
State Food Purchase Program (SFPP)
The program provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low-income individuals. It is intended to supplement the efforts of food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, feeding programs, shelters for the homeless and similar organizations to reduce hunger. Data on State Food Purchase Program 2015-2016.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Data on the Summer Food Service Program 2014-2015.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
These benefits are used to buy food and help eligible low-income households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. Number of SNAP participants by county.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, makes commodity foods available to states. States provide the food to local agencies that directly serve the public (food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc.). The local organizations distribute the food to eligible recipients for household consumption or use them to prepare and serve meals in a congregate setting. Data on The Emergency Food Assistance Program 2015-2016.