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1 in 7 Iowa Children Live in Poverty
Ottumwa Courier ^ | Feb. 15, 2008 | MARK NEWMAN

Posted on 02/15/2008 12:39:54 PM PST by IssuesOriented

Hunger pains — Wapello County leads the state in food assistance

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer

OTTUMWA — Numbers rarely tell the whole story. But when it comes to the well-being of children, decision makers need something to go on.

The Child and Family Policy Center, a not-for-profit agency based in Des Moines, recently issued its “Iowa Kids Count” report — information collected from every county in Iowa to show the trends affecting children, from infant deaths to high school graduation rates .

“Currently, one in seven children in Iowa lives in poverty and one in three is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches,” said Mike Crawford, the report’s author. “The economic conditions for many families have stagnated or worsened over the past six years.”

The study compares statistics from 2000 to 2006. Some things have improved for kids, he said, like the death rate among children ages 1-14 and the number of youngsters being immunized.

What hasn’t improved is the financial situation for families around the state.

While the report shows 19 indicators of child well-being figures, one of the biggest statistical changes in Wapello County is for food assistance or food stamps.

In 2000, there were 3,139 Wapello County residents receiving assistance. For 2006, that number swelled to 5,122. Then, as now, there were about 36,000 people living in the county, meaning 14 percent of residents are now on food assistance, the highest rate in Iowa.

“That doesn’t surprise me,” said Wapello County Supervisor Steve Siegel. “It’s certainly a problem that we want to alleviate in any way we can.”

He said since he has resided in Wapello County, the high level of poverty in the county has been an issue. And though there has been an increase of 63 percent receiving money for food, he asked what the increase for the state has been in the same period. According to the report, that figure is actually 81 percent.

“I think we’ve worked hard .... to help alleviate some of the poverty in Wapello County, but there’s certainly a long way to go,” Siegel said. “We have our senior commodity food program to help 250 low-income seniors. I just did my deliveries today. We donate to the Southern Iowa Food Bank. And we have our general assistance program.”

He believes some of the problems in Wapello County mirror the problems he believes plague the country.

“There’s a growing inequality between rich and poor. Tax breaks aimed at the rich; increases in energy costs; I also believe food costs have gone up above the rate of inflation,” said Siegel. “So when people are financially marginal to begin with, these costs they can’t avoid can mean they don’t have money for food.”

And sometimes, food stamps aren’t enough to prevent that. Low-income or otherwise strapped residents may end up at social service agencies like the Ottumwa Community Outreach Mission — which serves lunch and dinner for a freewill donation — and the Southeast Iowa Economic Development Agency.

In her job as community action programs specialist at SIEDA, Ramona Vaux sees a lot of hungry people.

“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “A lot of them might have food stamps, but they might run out.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: children; democrats; greatsociety; iowa; poverty; welfarebreedspoverty
“The economic conditions for many families have stagnated or worsened over the past six years.”

The Democrats took over the Governor's Mansion a decade ago and now we see the results.

1 posted on 02/15/2008 12:39:55 PM PST by IssuesOriented
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To: IssuesOriented

I was born in Poverty.
I was raised in Poverty.
I lived in Poverty.
I did not like Poverty.
So I left Poverty...............


2 posted on 02/15/2008 12:42:11 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: IssuesOriented

Awww. Here it comes...


3 posted on 02/15/2008 12:42:49 PM PST by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: IssuesOriented

How many of those “1 in 7 children” are illegals?


4 posted on 02/15/2008 12:42:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: IssuesOriented

As Laura Ingraham says, “America has the world’s fattest poor people.”


5 posted on 02/15/2008 12:44:08 PM PST by Westbrook
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To: IssuesOriented

For the children!


6 posted on 02/15/2008 12:44:55 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: IssuesOriented

Poverty in America:

One car
One cellphone per adult in the family
cable tv on a 32” 16:9 ratio flatscreen
vcr/dvd/dvdr
microwave, dishwasher
obese children eating fast food


7 posted on 02/15/2008 12:45:46 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: IssuesOriented

Wonder how many illegals there are in that county.


8 posted on 02/15/2008 12:46:57 PM PST by DallasDeb ((a.k.a. USAFA2006Mom!))
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To: IssuesOriented

Well by all means, take my hard earned money away from me and my family and give it to folks who had chillens they couldn’t afford.
Hell they will after all vote Dem.
Idiots.


9 posted on 02/15/2008 12:48:26 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: MrB

These poor people need bigger TVs! Let’s come up with a government program to fix this terrible blight on our nation.


10 posted on 02/15/2008 12:48:52 PM PST by mojito
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To: IssuesOriented

Poverty in the news? Must be an election year, and a Republican in the White House.


11 posted on 02/15/2008 12:49:19 PM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: IssuesOriented

Good heavens, this is an election year article if ever I saw one. “The economy is going to hell. Only Obama can save us.” etc. etc.


12 posted on 02/15/2008 12:50:01 PM PST by squidly
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To: IssuesOriented

“Currently, one in seven children in Iowa lives in poverty and one in three is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches,”

The school lunch program is about 45% fraudulent. That is the kids don’t actually qualify for the program.


13 posted on 02/15/2008 12:50:56 PM PST by TexanToTheCore (If it ain't Rugby or Bullriding, it's for girls.........................................)
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To: IssuesOriented

If Iowa has that many poor people, someone needs to take a long, hard look at those folks to see what they’re doing wrong to get themselves into that situation. What’s their self-ordained unemployment rate (as in, “I just don’t feel like working today — where’s my Independence card?”), their illegitimacy rate, and their Welfare Vulture Culture rate (as in folks who have decided to languish on welfare rather than look for gainful employment).


14 posted on 02/15/2008 12:51:07 PM PST by lapster
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To: IssuesOriented

Seems pretty easy to qualify for food stamps:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/faqs.htm#3

To participate in the Food Stamp Program:

Households may have no more than $2,000 in countable resources, such as a bank account ($3,000 if at least one person in the household is age 60 or older, or is disabled). Certain resources are not counted, such as a home and lot. Special rules are used to determine the resource value of vehicles owned by household members.
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The gross monthly income of most households must be 130 percent or less of the Federal poverty guidelines ($1,799 per month for a family of three in most places, effective Oct. 1, 2006 through Sept. 30, 2007). Gross income includes all cash payments to the household, with a few exceptions specified in the law or the program regulations.
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Net monthly income must be 100 percent or less of Federal poverty guidelines ($1,385 per month for a household of three in most places, effective Oct. 1, 2006 through Sept. 30, 2007). Net income is figured by adding all of a household’s gross income, and then taking a number of approved deductions for child care, some shelter costs and other expenses. Households with an elderly or disabled member are subject only to the net income test.

3. Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to receive food stamps?

Certain non-citizens, such as those admitted for humanitarian reasons, those admitted for permanent residence, many children, elderly immigrants and individuals who have been working in the United States for certain periods of time, are eligible for the Food Stamp Program. Eligible household members can get food stamps even if there are other members of the household who are not eligible.


15 posted on 02/15/2008 12:52:02 PM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: IssuesOriented
My father's family was the poorest in a poor town in Iowa. They neither sought nor accepted handouts. Each child in that family saw to it that they would succeed. And all did.

The problem with these people living in poverty today is that they view all successful people as "sellouts" and never bother to improve themselves in any way that would lead to advancement. Yet somehow that's everyone else's fault but their own. *sigh* Depressing isn't even a strong enough word for their clamoring to their own enslaving chains.

16 posted on 02/15/2008 12:55:03 PM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: IssuesOriented

They need to visit Haiti if they truly desire to see the face of poverty. Americans do not know poverty.


17 posted on 02/15/2008 1:01:04 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: IssuesOriented; All

as secondivisionvet said: “How many of those “1 in 7 children” are illegals?”

what the report refused to look at was the rate of increase of illegal workers into the tax-subsidy-bloated agro-industrial sector, in iowa

so, taxpayers send their hard-earned money to ethanol producers in subsidies at the rate of 51 cents a gallon, which affords them to increase demand and price of the commodity they need, from which the already highly profitable corporate farms can vastly increase their production, facilitating expanded use of illegal labor across the entire local labor pool

and then everyone involved in this scheme says you are not paying enough taxes to support the imported poverty - imported poverty facilitated by illegal labor demand made possible by tax subsidies to the hugely profitable agro-industrial sector


18 posted on 02/15/2008 1:03:26 PM PST by Wuli
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To: IssuesOriented
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGIH_enUS260US260&q=illegals+wapello+county

"Ottumwa, a town of about 25,000 people in southeastern Iowa, embodies the tensions.

The recent influx of Mexican and Central American immigrants here and in other towns has sparked a cultural clash that unsettles many longtime Iowans.

Ottumwa was 95 percent White and just 2.8 percent Hispanic in the 2000 U.S. census.

Keith Caviness, Romney's Wapello County chairman, predicted that any candidate who doesn't take a strong position against illegal immigration will face difficulty in the Midwest. He complained that an Ottumwa meat-processing plant advertises for workers on a billboard in Los Angeles, which immigration experts say is not uncommon because of a rural Iowa labor shortage and high job turnover.

"I have a problem with importing people into our community who shouldn't be in our United States to start with, legally, and then giving them work and allowing them to roam around in our community doing things that may or may not be acceptable to our community," Caviness said."

19 posted on 02/15/2008 1:12:16 PM PST by Leisler
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To: IssuesOriented
Numbers rarely tell the whole story

So true, these numbers are draw out of thin air.

“Currently, one in seven children in Iowa lives in poverty and one in three is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches,”

Absolute B.S.

The way "poverty" is determined is purely a political strategy.

20 posted on 02/15/2008 1:23:49 PM PST by Popman (Gold Standard: Trying to squeeze a 50 lb economy back into a 5 lb bag)
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To: IssuesOriented

This is absolutely absurd. What the heck is poverty these days? Wasn’t it RR who said that when we start paying people to be poor, we’ll be getting more poor people. We have it and there will be more.


21 posted on 02/15/2008 1:24:05 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: IssuesOriented
What is poverty?
My daughter and her husband are technically in poverty. They own two cars (less than five years old), their own house, have zero debt (except a small mortgage), wait they even have health care..
They qualify for food stamps, wic and some other stuff I cannot remember - no they don’t use it, they do not need it. They live frugally and responsibly.

So when this story talks about poverty what are they really talking about?

22 posted on 02/15/2008 1:28:54 PM PST by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: newgeezer
Poverty in the news? Must be an election year, and a Republican in the White House.

Thinking the same thing. Elect Obama/Hillary and all this will go away (no, not poverty--the stories about poverty).

23 posted on 02/15/2008 1:29:49 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: IssuesOriented

Iowa is a DEMOCRAT State!!! LOL!!! I’ll bet UTAH isn’t like IOWA! IDIOTS!


24 posted on 02/15/2008 1:31:25 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Westbrook

“As Laura Ingraham says, ‘America has the world’s fattest poor people.’

I noticed that many years ago.

I’ll never forget one scene on TV years ago a woman and her husband complaining about poverty. She was in a wheelchair fatter than the chair could hold her width.


25 posted on 02/15/2008 1:31:27 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: IssuesOriented
I also believe food costs have gone up above the rate of inflation

That will happen when farm land is dedicated to producing crops for fuel instead of to feed people.

26 posted on 02/15/2008 1:32:55 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: cinives

3. Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to receive food stamps?

Certain non-citizens, such as those admitted for humanitarian reasons, those admitted for permanent residence, many children, elderly immigrants and individuals who have been working in the United States for certain periods of time, are eligible for the Food Stamp Program. Eligible household members can get food stamps even if there are other members of the household who are not eligible.

In other words just about anyone who fills out the forms.

27 posted on 02/15/2008 1:40:40 PM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: svcw
So when this story talks about poverty what are they really talking about?

New ways to spend money!

28 posted on 02/15/2008 1:43:20 PM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: Red Badger

I was born to a single mom
I was raised poor in single mom’s household
I lived in a poor single mom’s house
I did not like poverty.

I will not have kids until I am married.
When I am married I will stay married.


29 posted on 02/15/2008 1:48:24 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How many of those “1 in 7 children” are illegals?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

How many of those “1 in 7” children are being reared by a single mom? How many are illegitimate?

30 posted on 02/15/2008 1:49:42 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Red Badger

The best view of poverty is in the rear view mirror, ....oops, I meant Lubbock...


31 posted on 02/15/2008 1:50:01 PM PST by Cvengr (Fear sees the problem emotion never solves. Faith sees & accepts the solution, problem solved.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every time I go back to visit my family in NW Iowa, I see more and more Mexicans. I know for a fact, at least half of them are not legal. Pisses me off.


32 posted on 02/15/2008 1:53:41 PM PST by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine
Americans do not know poverty.

They don't have a clue. It ain't what it looks like on TV because you can't smell it on TV. The only comparable smell I know is that of a Wal-Mart.

33 posted on 02/15/2008 2:06:57 PM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: IssuesOriented

This nonsense is, interestingly, being put forth across the nation at this very time. A story to this affect appeared about a month ago in our local paper.

Defintely a planned move by Democrats -

The extent of, say, food assistance today is incredible.

For children, it starts the moment they arrive at school and sit down to (subsidized) breakfast. Then there is (subsidized) lunch...

Some are truly feeling a pinch - particularly through fuel/energy costs. WE do have to adapt - as our ancestors did to survive.

Some may be classified as “in poverty” even though they own extensive property and are really quite well-off.

Democrats get life juices off Entitlement Mentality - and unceasing class envy.


34 posted on 02/15/2008 8:21:52 PM PST by mtntop3
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Don’t forget, if it’s like our city, the kids are sent home with a backpack full of food for the weekend! The “parent(s)” will be too busy cooking meth to cook any food!


35 posted on 02/15/2008 8:28:33 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: lapster

Poverty has over a 75% correlation with single parenthood. Plus single parent households are environmentally wasteful:)


36 posted on 02/15/2008 9:14:32 PM PST by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: IssuesOriented

What an abuse of statistics.

Of course one in seven children live in poverty. That makes sense if you say that anyone living at a certain income below the median is impoverished. When you have a median income, by definition, some of the children will live above it and some will live below it.

Interestingly, the article never mentions that amount of income which determines poverty.

Since the determination of free lunches is twice the poverty level income, about twice as many kids are on free lunches. That makes sense, too.

I would guess that a child hasn’t died from starvation due solely to lack of food in the state of Iowa in many years. There are probably next to no cases of rickets, scurvy, or kwashiorkor. I would bet that there are no significant numbers of children whose growth is stunted from lack of food.

Sadly, I can think through the propoganda. I teach it to the students in my classroom. Sadly, this reporter is apparently too stupid to see through the obvious flaws in this article.


37 posted on 02/15/2008 9:55:47 PM PST by redpoll
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To: IssuesOriented

Our great Marxist governor will take care of them.


38 posted on 02/16/2008 7:19:54 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: IssuesOriented

Americans need to travel outside this great nation of ours and see what real poverty looks like


39 posted on 02/16/2008 7:21:26 AM PST by tsowellfan (Obama Facts: http://tinyurl.com/26pkv7)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Had to choose only one to reply to, hard decision.
Lived on a farm, in poverty growing up in 1960s. Became a fat kid when we lived on mayo and sugar sandwiches, macaroni and pancakes for over a year, very little meat, no fresh veggies during hardest of times when brother was in Marines in Nam 2 tours, mother became disabled after car accident.
After HS, got job working wards of state mental hospital doing things and seeing things most people would never have the guts to do/care to see. Worked 20 yrs. till a patient injured me and I became disabled. SS Disability since ‘95, income static. $336/mo
out of pocket health ins. to cover meds. Back in poverty.

Order Of Surrender: cell phone, travel-—haven’t seen what’s left of family for over 3 yrs., long distance service, cable, internet, computer (at friends house writing this), eating out, eyeglasses, wellness center membership, house insurance, ability to maintain my home which I have paid for, any ability to purchase edible quality vegetables, fruit, meat on a regular basis. TV, dishwasher, stove circa ‘93, no presentable furniture, no carpet/unfinished floors, no bed to sleep on that doesn’t add to pain, thermostat at 62 to save $, adds to pain...I’m ashamed to let anyone in my house anymore. Volunteer as mentor to 2 M.S. boys, 15 yrs. and thousands of hrs. as vol. facilitator working w/groups of adults incested as children...want to be productive, can’t work full time/sole income.

Now understand desire for assisted suicide. Poverty sucks.

Laura Ingraham needs to educate herself, maybe try living at pov. level a month and see what she can put on her table on a regular basis that is nutritious.
Judge not lest ye be judged, my friends.


40 posted on 03/13/2008 4:53:46 AM PDT by ChristCared
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