• 1 in 7 American households were food insecure last year

  • 46.5 Million People live in Poverty

  • 1.6 million children stayed in a shelter or emergency housing last year

  • Nearly 50% of people experiencing income poverty have a disability

More than 46 million Americans live in Poverty USA.

Americans families were having a difficult time making ends meet before the recession. With continuing unemployment and increasing costs of living, more and more families have to choose between necessities like health care, child care, and even food.

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