Report Shows Poverty Rising in the State

This week the Missourians to End Poverty Coalition released a report showing that statewide poverty has risen from 15.8 percent in 2011 to 16.2 percent in 2012.  Nearly 948,000 people in Missouri are living at or below the federal poverty level.  According to federal guidelines a family of four earning $23,550 or less is living in poverty.

The report, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty Campaign, outlined the five elements the lack of which constitute poverty.  These include food, health, education, energy, and economic security.

Some goals of the group are to enroll all uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid into the program, and to increase affordable, nutritious food for children.


Posted: January 17, 2014

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