The Greater Berks Food Bank collects, purchases, stores, and distributes over seven million pounds of food annually to the more than 300 programs which feed the hungry in Berks, Schuylkill, and western Montgomery Counties.
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- 13% of the population of Berks County and 12% of the population of Schuylkill County (71,400 total people) live in poverty and thus face hunger issues.
- Of those living in poverty, nearly 24,500 are children under the age of 18.
- More than 38,000 school-aged children in Berks and Schuylkill Counties are eligible for the National School Lunch Program’s free and reduced lunches. This represents 42% of the population of school-aged children in Berks County and 45% in Schuylkill County.
- More than 100,000 people in Berks and Schuylkill Counties qualify for food assistance – defined as living within 150% of the poverty guideline.