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Fun fact: Food and the Poverty Line
October 28, 2013, 7:27 pm
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Fun fact: Food and the Poverty Line

Did you know that the federal poverty line was defined in the 1960s by economist Mollie Orshansky? She looked at the cost for the amount of calories deemed necessary for survival in the USDA’s “thrifty” diet plan, and multiplied by three (because at that time, Americans were spending approximately one third of their income on food). The crazy bit? Beside for inflation, this number hasn’t been updated since, despite the very different world we live in than the 1960s! Food is integral to our definition of poverty in this country. 


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