Hunger and Food Insecurity in St. Lawrence County
19.7% of St. Lawrence County residents live at or below the federal poverty level, making the County one of the poorest in the state. Only Bronx County, at 29.5% is significantly higher.
Source: US Census data
- 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
- 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.
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
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Download the 2014 St. Lawrence County Community Food Security Assessment.