Facts & Stats

Hunger is a VERY REAL issue RIGHT HERE in Lancaster County.

People may be under the impression that those living in poverty in Lancaster County primarily reside in the city of Lancaster. But, did you know that 70% actually live outside the city?

In Lancaster County:

  • Population: 536,494
    • 10.2% live below the poverty line.
      • 16% are children.
    • 9.5% overall food insecurity rate.
      • 14.8% child food insecurity rate.
    • The Central PA Food Bank distributes on average over 5.5 million pounds of food each month, more than 67 million pounds per year, through 1,000 partner agencies and programs, which includes CVCCS.

In the Conestoga Valley School District:

  • 10.3% live below the poverty line.
    • 14% are children.
    • 9% are seniors.

In the United States:

  • Approximately 49 million people live at or below the poverty line.
  • Greater than 50 million (including nearly 17 million children and 4 million seniors) are at risk of hunger.
    • 48 million receive SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps.
      • Half of all food SNAP recipients are children.

*Stats according to Census Reporter | Central PA Food Bank | Feeding America | Coalition Against Hunger | Hunger Free Lancaster | USDA | WGAL