Star-Ledger: Poverty up 20 percent among N.J. children

From a story in today’s Star-Ledger:

a new report released today says the sharp economic downturn continued to drive an unprecedented number of New Jersey families into poverty, forcing them to rely on such safety net programs as food stamps, reduced-cost school meals programs and Medicaid.

Almost one-third of New Jersey’s children 5 and younger were living in low-income homes in 2011 — defined as earning at or below 200 percent of the poverty level, or about $37,000 for a family of three — according to the report, called “Kids Count,” which was prepared by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national nonprofit and nonpartisan family research organization, in cooperation with Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

The full report can be found here.

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