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Missourians to End Poverty Coalition Releases Statewide Poverty Report

Report highlights multidimensional factors facing 908,628 Missourians in poverty

poverty report coverJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Members of the Missourians to End Poverty coalition gathered at the State Capitol in Jefferson City on February 4, to release the 2016 State of the State: Poverty in Missouri report.  This biennial document is a comprehensive snapshot of poverty statistics in Missouri.

The Missourians to End Poverty Coalition, is a nonpartisan group comprised of nonprofits, religious organizations, businesses, government agencies and concerned citizens, who have come together around the vision: “As Missourians, we envision a just society of share responsibility by individuals, communities, business, and government in which all individuals are respected, have opportunities to reach their full potential and participate in thriving, diverse, and sustainable communities.”

Although the economic situation in Missouri is beginning to look up, the poverty rate has only decreased slightly since its peak in 2012 and is significantly higher than 10 years ago. During the last ten years, Missouri’s poverty rate has increased from 13.3 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent today, which is a 21.5 percent increase in the poverty rate. This means that in 2005 poverty impacted 748,023 Missourians and today it impacts 908,628 Missourians.

Poverty Rates in Mo

The 5 key issues outlined in the report are Food, Education, Health, Housing & Energy, and Family & Economic Security.  From the number of Missouri jobs in low wage occupations to the fact that our state ranks 7th in the country for food insecurity, this report highlights critical issues for our citizens.  In addition, specific topics relating to children in poverty have been included, such as child homeless rates, percentages of children on free or reduced lunch and more.

The Missourians to End Poverty Coalition will host the fourth Statewide Poverty Summit on April 27, 2016, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Join Missourians to End Poverty as we bring people together from across the state to explore local best practices to address poverty.  See what our communities are doing to ensure a thriving state for all.




How To Use the Report

This report is a concise snapshot of poverty in Missouri. It is the hope of Missourians to End Poverty (MEP) that presenting the facts of poverty will lead to a better awareness and understanding about the realities of poverty. This publication does not provide any specific policy solutions. Rather, it is a comprehensive resource compiled from the latest available public information on poverty (at the time of publication, February 2015).


About the Report

This report was compiled in collaboration with the Missourians to End Poverty Coalition by the Missouri Association for Community Action. Who are Missourians to End Poverty? A coalition of various individuals, advocates, businesses, faith-based organizations, nonprofits and government agencies united to end poverty. Visit MEP's website. What is Missouri Community Action Network? A statewide association of Missouri's 19 Community Action Agencies, Allies and Supporters helping people and changing lives all 114 counties. Learn more about Missouri CAN


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