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"Working Harder for Working Families / Bread for the World I

Hunger Report 2008
Working Harder for Working Families

No hard working family should have to raise their children in poverty--and yet the sad truth is that many are.

Two-thirds of all children growing up in poverty in the United States have one or more working parents, and one-third have a parent working full-time, year round.

Three decades ago, a low-wage job was enough to lift a family of three out of poverty; today, it scarcely comes close to getting them to the poverty line, and without food assistance and other government support a family struggling to get by in the low-wage economy would be on the absolute edge of desperation.

Working Harder for Working Families focuses on families struggling to get by on these kinds of jobs, living in or on the edge of poverty. It recommends policies to support low-wage workers and help them and their families build assets.

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