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Rural Kids Less Likely to Use Lunch Program

While more than 70 percent of eligible urban households take advantage of the federal school-lunch nutrition program, the participation rate is 61 percent for eligible rural households and 59 percent for eligible suburban households.

Child Poverty Rate Climbs by One-Third

One in four rural residents under the age of 18 lives in poverty, according to a new study from the USDA Economic Research Service. The figure is even higher in counties that depend on manufacturing  jobs, which eroded during the Great…

White House Points to Poverty Reduction

TANF, WIC and SSI–federal programs that provide income and nutrition to low-income families – are more effective at reducing poverty in rural areas. But for the poorest families in rural America, Social Security is the most effective at…