Our History

In 1964, Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act, which committed the United States to a “War on Poverty.” The funds the federal government was able to allocate to its anti-poverty efforts were small and increases were slow in coming. Fayette County Community Action Agency was formed by a group of dedicated and concerned Fayette County citizens in 1966.

The agency’s goal was to focus all available resources on the problems and causes of poverty to help the low-income Fayette County residents. For over five decades, FCCAA has helped families grow and thrive by offering programs that strengthen their lives.

Some of our Key Moments

  • 1966: FCCAA was incorporated.
  • 1971: FCCAA establishes the Home Delivered Meals program.
  • 1974: The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program was introduced and began in Fayette County. Fayette WIC was one of the first WIC programs in PA.
  • 1981: FCCAA began housing services and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
  • 2002: FCCAA launches USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program. The Nurse-Family Partnership program of Fayette County is established.
  • 2003: The Food Bank celebrates its 20th anniversary.
  • 2004: FCCAA is recognized with the prestigious “Award for Excellence in Community Action” by the Community Action Partnership.
  • 2016: Maplewood Adult Day Center opens.
  • 2017: The Circles Laurel Highlands program was initiated.
  • 2019: The Food Bank relocates to Republic, PA.
  • 2020: Fairchance Senior Housing will be completed in the fall.