Poverty Statistics in the United States in 2014
- 46.7 million people (14.8 percent) were in poverty. This number has increased to at least 48 million in 2016 and increases daily.
- 15.5 million (21.1 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
- 4.6 million (10 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
- The overall national poverty rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 15.3 percent, as compared with the official poverty rate of 14.8 percent.
- There are 48.4 million people living in poverty, nearly 2 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (46.7 million).
- Missouri exhibits a statistically significantly higher household food insecurity rate than the U.S. national average at 16.8%
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES: Visit Food Pantries at foodpantries.org to find a local pantry near you. Volunteer! Contribute!
- FRIDAY BACKPACK PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN: Visit the University of Missouri Extension site at http://extension.missouri.edu/hes/backpackprogram/ to find out how you can help.
- Search around. The need is all around you.
If you decide to become part of the answer…Thank You!
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