When children suffer from hunger and poverty, the impact is immediate and long lasting. Research shows that child hunger and poverty is linked to poor educational outcomes and lower lifetime earnings. With a great number of families facing a day-to-day struggle to cover basic expenses, PCCY works to promote policies and investments to strengthen safety net programs so more kids can eat healthy meals and families can provide a stable home for their children.
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PCCY found that nearly 30,000 more children in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties depend on SNAP (Food Stamps) than in 2008. Also, less than a third of eligible students participate in school breakfast programs. Click on the links below for a brief summary across all four counties and the full reports.
- Bucks County – The share of students eligible for free- and reduced-price meals at school increased by 42% from 2008-2012.
- Chester County –The number of Chester County children enrolled in SNAP increased by nearly 56% from 2009.
- Delaware County – School breakfast participation in Delaware County public schools dropped by 10% from 2008 to 2012. Less than one in three eligible students receive breakfast at school.
- Montgomery County – Children receiving SNAP increased by 53% from 2009.
PCCY found more than 53,000 children in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties live in poverty. Click on the links below for a brief summary across all four counties and the full reports.
- Bucks County – Nearly 9,000 children in Bucks County live in poverty, a third of these children live below half of the poverty line.
- Chester County – In Chester County, child poverty increased 55% since 2008.
- Delaware County – 21,000 children in Delaware County live in poverty. Children are more likely to be in poverty than any other age group.
- Montgomery County – The share of Montgomery County children living in low-income families increased 17% since 2008.