Policy Blog: Map the Meal Gap 2022 Food Insecurity Rates in Central Pennsylvania
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
3w ago
On May 15, 2024, Feeding America released updated Map the Meal Gap food insecurity estimates for the United States using 2022 data. In this policy blog, CPFB Policy Research takes a first look at the data for central Pennsylvania ahead of a more comprehensive report anticipated to be released this summer. The overall food insecurity rate increased 30% from 2021 to 2022 in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s service territory, spiking nearly three percentage points from 8.7% to 11.3%, according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap estimates. As a result of this jump, 80,000 more central Pen ..read more
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Policy Blog: Lancaster County Community Hunger Mapping Implementation Culturally Familiar Foods
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
2M ago
In this month’s policy blog, CPFB Policy Research is highlighting a key finding and recommendation from our Lancaster County Community Hunger Mapping report, which we released in August 2023. Writing and releasing the report was just one step in working to improve the charitable food system in Lancaster County; CPFB and its partner agencies, as well as other community stakeholders, are now actively using the findings and recommendations made last summer to implement changes that will make a difference for our food insecure neighbors. One of the most meaningful changes we can make is ensuring ..read more
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Pennsylvania WIC Participation Dashboards
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
3M ago
Below you will find additional context worth noting when using these dashboards to understand WIC participation: · Pennsylvania requires that WIC participants visit in person to reload their benefits onto their EBT cards. This has had a significant negative impact on WIC participation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the in-person visit requirements create a significant administrative burden on program participants that may deter them from continuing to utilize the program. · The expiration of SNAP Emergency Allotments at the end of February 2023 is a likely cause of the increase in ..read more
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Policy Blog: Service Insights and Charitable Food Demand Over Time
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
5M ago
Service Insights and Charitable Food Demand Over Time Download a Copy of this Months Policy Blog In this month’s policy blog, CPFB Policy Research dives into charitable food demand over the last thirteen months as seen through Service Insights on MealConnect, a digital pantry service record system, as well as some of the potential contributing factors to the trends seen across the charitable food network in 2023. Demand for charitable food services increased by 27% in 2023, according to data from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Service Insights on MealConnect digital pantry service syst ..read more
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SNAP Participation Dashboard
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
6M ago
Below is a set of three interactive SNAP dashboards! Here are a few tips to help you use it most effectively: To change between the SNAP Participants By Month, Average SNAP Benefits Per Person Per Month, and the Total SNAP Benefits Per Month dashboards, click the left or right arrows at the bottom of the dashboard. To filter the dashboards by geography, such as for a specific county or for the CPFB’s service territory, click the appropriate checkbox in the navigation pane on the right hand side of the dashboard. Selections made with these filters will apply to all three dashboards. To filte ..read more
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Policy Blog: Lebanon County Data Bytes
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
7M ago
Lebanon County Data BytesPantry Visits, Very Low Food Security, and SNAP Download a Copy of this Months Policy Blog In this month’s Policy Blog, CPFB Policy Research is pleased to present Data Bytes, a brief look at small but compelling pieces of data captured as part of our larger Community Hunger Mapping projects. The following Bytes all stem from our forthcoming Lebanon County Community Hunger Mapping Final Report – enjoy the sneak preview! As part of the Community Hunger Mapping process, CPFB Policy Research uses multiple tools to collect data about the charitable food system, includi ..read more
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Policy Memo: The Impact of Universal Eligibility on School Breakfast Participation in Pennsylvania
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
9M ago
The Impact of Universal Eligibility on School Breakfast Participation in Pennsylvania Download a Copy of this Memo Pennsylvania’s universal school breakfast initiative is not even one year old yet, but it is already creating positive impacts for kids. Participation in school breakfast jumped nearly 20% as a result of Governor Wolf’s $21 million investment that made school breakfast free for all students, regardless of income and without the need for families to complete income eligibility applications. The universal school breakfast program recently passed in this year’s state budget will l ..read more
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Policy Report: Food Insecurity in Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Counties 2020 to 2021
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
11M ago
This report examines 2021 food insecurity rates in the 27 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB) and how these rates have changed since 2020 using newly released Feeding America Map the Meal Gap food insecurity estimates. This report is best seen as a backwards-looking examination of food insecurity in the CPFB’s service territory in 2021; the data and conclusions written below are not reflective of the current food insecurity situation as of July 2023. Food insecurity in CPFB counties dropped overall in 2021; this is likely due to the presence of multiple large and inn ..read more
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Why Juneteenth?
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Mike Stafford
1y ago
When we talk about history, we’re really talking about someone’s description of historical events–a story. The accuracy of our stories depends largely on first-person accounts by people who were there.  Written accounts of history by people who were “in the room where it happened” are common, especially in American history.  We celebrate the words and actions of American heroes in history books, movies, art, popular culture, and our nation’s shared memories.  But we don’t always get the story exactly right. The Juneteenth holiday is such a story.  If you’ve heard of June ..read more
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Research Memo: Food Pantry Experiences in Cumberland County
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Blog
by Kylie Layman
1y ago
This short research memo discusses how residents of Cumberland County access charitable food based on a series of 13 interviews with neighbors who visited different food pantries across the county. A larger version of this memo includes the neighbor experience at food pantries in Cumberland, as well as the CPFB researcher’s background and research methods. Two Central Pennsylvania Food Bank researchers developed the flexible guide and conducted all 13 interviews. The interview guide, and the interviews themselves, asked about visiting a food pantry from the perspective of pantry users. The op ..read more
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