Hunger and Food Insecurity in St. Lawrence County

Hunger and Food Insecurity in St. Lawrence County
Green areas of map are "food deserts"

17.5% of St. Lawrence County residents live at or below the federal poverty level, making the County one of the top ten poorest in the state. Only Bronx County, at 28.6% is significantly higher.

Source: US Census data    


Child hunger:

  • 51% of the County's children qualify for a free or reduced-price school lunch and breakfast.
  • 7,902 children receive a free or reduced-price lunch at school.
  • Only 3,762 children, or 41% of those eligible, also receive a free breakfast at school.
  • Only 13% of those eligible receive a free lunch during the summer months when school is out.

Source: Hunger Solutions NY


Food insecurity:

  • 15,290 County residents, or 13.6% of the population, are food insecure
  • 5,850 children live in food insecure households in St. Lawrence County
  • Of the food insecure households, 34% have incomes too high for them to qualify for government assistance.

Source: Feeding America Map the Meal Gap


Food deserts are defined as census tracts where the community is both low-income and at least one-third of the population lives more than 10 miles from a grocery store. Using this definition, St. Lawrence County has eight census tracts that are food deserts. 6,862 people live in these food deserts.

Source: USDA


More than 15,000 County residents are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps).

Source: St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services


Download these facts as a printable PDF here.


Download the 2014 St. Lawrence County Community Food Security Assessment.