Special Report

Poverty in America

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Solutions: How Federal Programs and Expenses Affect the Poverty Rate

Social Security has been by far the most effective anti-poverty program the U.S. government implemented. Out-of-pocket medical expenses significantly reduce resources available to families.

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Solutions: Share of Donations by Charity Type

Charitable giving by Americans and U.S. organizations totaled $410 billion in 2017.

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Solutions: Share of Food Insecure Eligible for Federal and State Food Programs

Millions of American families are food insecure, meaning they regularly struggle to put food on the table. Nationwide, about one in four food-insecure individuals do not qualify for federal nutrition assistance programs.

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