Defining poverty

People who are living below a certain level are living in poverty. The poverty rate are the percent of individuals and families living in poverty.

  • In 2011 according to the United States Census bureau the offficial poverty rate was 15 % meaning there was 46.2 million people in poverty

Sites define poverty as...

  • Deprivation of food
  • Deprivation of shelter
  • Little supply of clothing
  • Lack of money
  • Occurs when people can not satisfy their basic needs

"Poverty and Perverse Incentives"

"Poverty and Perverse Incentives" discusses the debate between Democrats and Republicans about raising marginal tax rates on the rich. The article says that parents are sometimes pulling their kids out of literacy classes because they are affraid that if their kids learn to read then they might not qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability.

The political cartoon has a relationship with the "Poverty and Perverse Incentives" article. The article is talking about CEO pay. The construction worker in the cartoon is asking the CEO how much he makes. Relating to the article, meaning marginal tax rates should  increase for the rich.


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

This Foundation takes a special interest in global health. It has become the most powerful source of funding for health programs

  • CARE International

CARE stands for "Cooperative for assistance and relief everywhere"; their mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world

What's happening locally?

The Salvation Army gives out food and gifts to families in need. The Corning Leader stated that the Corning Salvation Army did a Christmas giveaway on Tuesday,giving food and girts to families in need of some help.

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