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In the News: The Working Poor

In the News:  The Working Poor
April 4, 2017 Poverty Facts

"According to a recent report from the USDA, an increasing share of individuals who receive benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, also known as food stamps, live in households where at least one person is working.

Nearly 32 percent of SNAP households are home to at least one wage-earner, according to the most recent data on the program, compared to only 19.6 percent in 1989, as far back as USDA data is available.

'Many of the jobs created have either been part-time or seasonal, or if they’re full-time they’re not enough to meet the economic needs of that household,” Calvert told The Huffington Post. “This data highlights a big, untold story about the working poor in America today.'

The USDA numbers mirror the organization’s own research.

Its 2014 national report, “Hunger in America,” found that about 54 percent of the households that participated in its food banks and similar programs included at least one person who had worked within the past year. When it came to households with at least one child, that share was even higher — about 70 percent."

Read more in the Huffington Post article, "Food Stamp Recipients Increasingly are the Working Poor."

 

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