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LA Regional Food Bank as poverty barometer

by John Rabe | Off-Ramp®

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Michael Flood, head of the LA Regional Food Bank, in the warehouse with a frozen pizza. Don't worry, fresh produce is a huge proportion of the food given to the region's hungry. KPCC/John Rabe

The latest US Census numbers show more Americans are living under the poverty line than at any time in the last 52 years, when they started keeping track of the statistic. This was no surprise to Michael Flood, head of the LA Regional Food Bank, who met Off-Ramp host John Rabe in the warehouse of the Food Bank's South L.A. headquarters.

Want some good news? KPCC listeners are approaching 1,000,000 meals for families in need across Southern California through our partnership with the food bank. You're making a difference. That partnership continues in our upcoming membership drive.

Here's the statshot from the US Census Bureau's latest report:

– Real median household income in the United States in 2010 was $49,445, a 2.3 percent decline from the 2009 median.
– The nation's official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009, the third consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate.
– There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009, the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published.

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