As you’ve probably heard, the U.S. Census reported that nearly 1 in 6 Americans--46.2 million people--lived in poverty in 2011. For an individual, poverty means living on just over $11,000 a year. For a family of four, that figure is less than $23,000 a year.By now, numbers like these shouldn’t surprise us. Although the recession is over, we know it doesn’t feel that way for millions of Americans. That’s where supporters like you have made all the difference.
Your support helps the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger ensure families can afford the food they need while they get back on their feet. Every day, we hear from people stung by the recession—mothers who’ve been out of work for a over a year, fathers scraping by on part-time work, and retired seniors who worry about rising food prices at the grocery store. With your support, we’ve helped people like husband and wife Don and Michelle Adams and their three teenage boys. Between Don’s job as a part-time mail sorter and Michelle’s as a restaurant cashier, the family earns less than $18,000 a year--well below the poverty threshold for a family of five. “I realized we needed help when my oldest son came home from school one day, open the fridge, and there was hardly anything there,” Michelle says. “Instead of complaining, he just closed the refrigerator. He didn’t say a word.”The Coalition helped Michelle’s family apply for food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Every year, we assist nearly 7,000 families in Pennsylvania, connecting them with nutrition programs, food pantries, and other services that can help them make ends meet as our nation's economy continues to improve. And there is no way we could do it without supporters like you. Thank you, as always, for your commitment in the fight against hunger.
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