Poverty Data Highlight the Need for a Strong Safety Net

The U.S. household poverty rate decreased in 2016, according to today’s Census Bureau annual release of income, poverty, and health insurance data. The poverty rate went from 13.5 in 2015 to 12.7 percent in 2016. While this progress is good, it merely underscores that poverty in this country remains much too high.

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Millions Still Struggle Despite Drop in Number of Households Experiencing Food Insecurity

More than 41 million Americans lived in households struggling with food insecurity — limited or uncertain access to enough food — in 2016. The 12.3 percent household food insecurity rate is still higher than the rate right before the Great Recession (11.1 percent in 2007). Studies show that food insecurity harms health, ability to learn, productivity, and the nation’s economic strength.

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