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Report Shows More Nevada Children Are Living In Poverty

Nearly 145,000 children, or 22 percent of Nevada’s juvenile population, are living in poverty.

According to a recent Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids County Profile report some 224,000 children, or 34 percent, were in households where no parent had full-time year-round employment. Nevada also ranks in the bottom five in education and health of our children.

The Silver State ranks only slightly better at 41 when it comes to family and community. The good news is Nevada children experienced gains in 8 of the 16 indicators for child well-being, including a 27 percent drop in child and teen deaths, as well as 22 percent decline in the teen birth rate.

But, Nevada’s child poverty figures have also translated into an increase in homeless teens.

The U.S. poverty threshold for a family of two adults and two children was $23,283, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you have questions about Three Square Food Bank's summer food program or Title One HOPE at CCSD, here are the phone numbers and websites with more information.

Support comes from

Title One HOPE can be reached at (702) 855-6682 or online at ccsd.net/departments/title-i-hope. Three Square Food Bank's summer program's website is whyhunger.org, or (866) 348-6479 or text SummerNV to 877877, while Three Square Food Bank is at threesquare.org or (702) 644-3663.

GUESTS

Paula Zier, coordinator at Title One HOPE at the Clark County School District

Dorian Stonebarger, program manager at Three Square Food Bank

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