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Understanding Poverty

An Operation Frontline
Training


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Poverty in the United States



36 million Americans are poor
(US Census 2003)


35 million Americans are at
risk of hunger (USDA 2004)


13 million children are at risk
of hunger (USDA 2004)



The poverty line for a family
of four is $18,810 (US Census,
2004)



A full
-
time worker earning the
minimum wage of $5.15 an hour
makes $10, 712 a year and $892
per month.


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Poverty in the United States


Their average spending:
(US Department of
Labor 2004)


$5,274:

Housing

$2,350:

Utilities

$4,852:

Transportation

$4,815:
Food

$783:
Healthcare

$2,030:

Childcare
(USDA 2004)


$20,114:
Total


The total
spending of
$20,114 is

$1,304 more

than
the poverty line

and
$9402 more
than a minimum
wage worker
earns in a year.


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$18,810:

Poverty level for a family of four (US
Census 2004
)

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Poverty is the lack of resources.


Financial


Emotional


Mental


Spiritual


Physical


Support systems


Relationships and role models


Poverty Coping Skills


I can function without a bank account
or credit card.


I can live without electricity and a
phone.


I know what to do when I have no money
to pay the bills.


I know how to get and use food stamps.


I know where the free medical clinics
are.


I know how to move in a day.


I can get by without a car.

How Operation Frontline builds
resources for long
-
term impact


Providing nutrition
information


Teaching and practicing
healthy cooking


Teaching and practicing food
budgeting


Volunteer chefs and
nutritionists


Communal classes


Classes in the community

Relating to people who are living
in poverty


Be aware of the significant
challenge low
-
income people face in
trying to feed their families enough
food, let alone nutritious food.



Be sensitive to what is realistic
and achievable for low
-
income
families.



Make healthy eating relevant to
today; keeping in mind that people
who live in poverty are more
sensitive to today and the future.



Recognize your own frame of
reference


don’t make assumptions
based on what you’ve always thought
people
should

know or do.

Resources and Sources


A Framework for Understanding
Poverty by Ruby Payne


Written for teachers


an
excellent guide on relating
to poverty



Poverty USA from the Catholic
Campaign for Human
Development


www.povertyusa.org

Questions
?