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September 1st Food Drive -

Vistacom, Inc.
(through 9/30/14)

September 2nd SHFB Outreach Committee Meeting -

8:00 AM

September 2nd Volunteer SUNShine Box Pack - Snowdrift Road
9:00AM-1:00PM
September 7th Snip It Out for Hunger -

Cut-A-Thon
Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink
11:00AM-3:00PM

September 11th SHFB Operations Committee Meeting -

8:00 AM

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Poverty Statistics

 

Carbon | Lehigh | Monroe | Northampton | Pike | Wayne

Hunger does not exist in a vacuum. It is a local, national, and global issue that is most often the result of larger societal and systemic forces that maintain the status quo while perpetuating the root causes of poverty. Second Harvest, a program of Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV), is one of the many examples of how CACLV has been fighting the war on poverty in the Lehigh Valley for over 40 years.

The mission of CACLV is to “improve the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley by building a community in which all people have access to economic opportunity, the ability to pursue that opportunity, and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.”  Similarly, our mission to end hunger goes beyond distributing food to area non-profits that serve needy people. We also research why hunger exists in our area, educate the community about food insecurity and its causes, and advocate for improvements in and greater access to programs that affect low-income people.

 

Below please find data showing the economic challenges that the residents throughout our 6-county service area face daily. The data will show the poverty rate, unemployment rate, medical assistance rate (excluding nursing care for the elderly), SNAP eligibility and participation, and TANF participation by county.

 

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley compiled this data. Please visit their site for more information about poverty issues and the many programs administered by CACLV.

 

County Profiles

 

Carbon County

  • Poverty Rate for Carbon County in 2008 is 11%.
  • Unemployment rate increased by 40% from a rate of 6.8% in 2008 to 10.1% in 2009.
  • Medical Assistance eligibility increased by 5% from 13.9 % in 2008 to 14.6% in 2009.
  • SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps) eligibility increased by 28% from 8.7% in December 2008 to 11.2% in December 2009, while participation in the program increased by over 50%.

Lehigh County

  • Poverty Rate for Lehigh County in 2008 is 10.2%.
  • Unemployment increased by 57% from a rate of 5.6% in 2008 to 8.8% in 2009.
  • Medical Assistance eligibility increased slightly by 3% from 16.4% in December 2008 to 16.9% in December 2009.
  • SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) eligibility increased by 14% from 10.2% in December 2008 to 11.6% in December 2009, while participation in the program increased by 23%.

Monroe County

  • Poverty Rate for Monroe County in 2008 is 10.1%.
  • Unemployment rate increased by 54% from 5.9 in 2008 to 9.1% in 2009.
  • Medical Assistance eligibility increased by 12% from 14.2% in December 2008 to 15.9% in December of 2009.
  • SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) eligibility increased by 31% from 9.0% in December 2008 to 11.8% in December 2009 by 62%.

Northampton County

  • Poverty Rate for Northampton County in 2008 is 8.7%
  • Unemployment increased by 63% from a rate from a rate of 5.2% in 2008 to 8.5% in 2009.
  • Medical Assistance eligibility increased by 7% from 11.4% in December 2008 to 12.2% in December 2009.
  • SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) eligibility increased by 24% from 7.2% in 2008 to 8.9% in 2009, while participation increased by 40%.

Pike County

  • Poverty Rate for Pike County in 2008 is 8.8%.
  • Unemployment rate increased by 63% from a rate of 5.6% in 2008 to 9.1% in 2009.
  • Medical Assistance increased by 9% from 10.7% in December 2008 to 11.7% in December 2009.
  • SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) eligibility increased by 27% from 6.4% in December 2008 to 8.1% in December 2009, while participation increased by 62%.

Wayne County

  • Poverty Rate for Wayne County in 2008 is 13.4%.
  • Unemployment rate increased by 44% from a rate of 5.2% in 2008 to 7.5% in 2009.
  • Medical Assistance increased by 6% from 15.0% of the population in 2008 to 15.9% in 2009.
  • SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) eligibility increased by 16% from a rate of 9.2% in December 2008 to 10.7% in December 2009, while participation increased by 47%.

Interested in seeing trends over time?

 

Unemployment Rate Over Time

 

SNAP Participation Rate Over Time

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TANF Participation in Lehigh and Northampton Counties

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