Beaver County is among the poorest counties in western Pa.
We thank God for the opportunity to provide free warm and nutritious food for body and soul to many people in the City of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, as we work to cultivate a season of peace and joy for the people God has placed in our lives.
“Come to me all you who are weak and burdened and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
On December 16, 2016, the Beaver County Times reported that Beaver County is among the poorest counties in western Pennsylvania, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. (See http://www.timesonline.com/news/local_news/beaver-county-is-among-the-poorest-counties-in-western-pa/article_8fcd858c-c312-11e6-a269-0b0fd180c24f.html.)
The county’s median salary of is 10 percent less than statewide, and 1 in 5 children in the county live in poverty. Statewide, the county is in the middle of the pack, ranking 29th in median income and 32nd in poverty rate.
“It’s tough in Beaver County,” said Mike Rubino, executive director of the United Way of Beaver County. “It’s something to think about — just one of our supported programs, the Salvation Army, is feeding 4,000 people each month through food banks.”
According to the federal poverty guidelines, a family of four lives in poverty if their household income is lower than $24,250.
The new data comes from the census bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program, which uses information from the American Community Survey, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, federal tax records and other federal data collection programs. It is used to determine how much money school districts will receive through the federal Title I program.
According to a release from the census bureau, the majority of counties — more than 84 percent nationwide — did not see a statistically significant change in median income between 2014 and 2015. Even fewer counties saw a significant change in poverty rates.
Central Church provided over 10,000 free, nutritious meals to our community in 2013. In 2014, that number increased to 11,500, and the numbers of the hungry coming to us continue to increase as we reach the end of 2016, all through the generosity of many small givers and an active congregation of less than 25 dedicated souls.
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Every meal that we serve is hot, nutritious, and wholesome. A warm welcome and a promise from God go a long way to lift a heavy heart. When someone knows how much God cares, they don’t feel lonely and powerless anymore.
Please join us to care for those in hard times. Your gifts meet desperate needs for food, and you pave the way for hurting people to be blessed.
This is our prayer for everyone who walks through our door – providing hope for new life.