Hunger In York County
According to the YorkCounts 2012 and 2016 Indicators Reports, a YDR article entitled “Poverty is spreading across York County”, and Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” study:
- Roughly 46,300 residents or 10.5% of York County’s population, including 17,460 children and nearly 3,000 seniors, do not have a consistent supply of—and access to—nutritious food.
- York County has the second highest number of people facing hunger in the 27-county region the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves
- 10.7% of York County residents lived in poverty in 2016.
- 51% of children in York City are living below the poverty threshold.
- York City had the lowest graduation rate in the county at 72.9% in 2015.
- 100% of the students in the York City School District were eligible for free breakfast and lunch in the 2016-2017 school year.
- Many students go hungry on the weekends and during the summer, as they rely on free meals at school for sustenance.
- York County’s obesity rate has grown to 35% for the years 2012-2014.
- 9,034,000 meals annually are needed to close the meal gap so that everyone in York County will have access to three meals a day.
- An additional $25,210,000 is needed annually to meet local food needs.
The food insecurity rate is a measurement of the number of people in York County who do not have access to an adequate supply of nutritious foods. While many people think only the impoverished in York City struggle getting enough food to eat, many families all over York County, even those above the poverty threshold, struggle with food insecurity.
As evidenced by this data, hunger leads to developmental complications, poor academic and professional work performance and increased rates of obesity. Fortunately, the York County Food Bank has the opportunity to battle the high rates of food insecurity and promote greater wellness in York County. While many residents struggle to collect enough food to feed their families, our programs and distribution center give YorkCountiansgreater access to food while encouraging balanced diets and healthy lifestyles.
Learn more about the hunger and food insecurity problem in York County and other areas of the U.S. on the following websites:
YorkCounts - http://www.yorkcounts.org/index.asp
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank - http://www.centralpafoodbank.org/Resources/Hunger-Statistics
Feeding America - http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2014/overall
YDR Article (Angie Mason) - http://www.ydr.com/story/news/education/2016/06/14/data-shows-rise-low-income-families-york-co-schools/84176050/