|By David Nivens, The High Point Enterprise, N.C.|
There was paperwork to fill out and a wait line for 36 food boxes. There also was a surprise, a frozen turkey. Ellerby loaded a box and a bag of food into a mini-van. Ellerby came to
"His father was killed," Ellerby said.
Ellerby's son is likely to be one of the 27,500 children living in poverty in
One in four children under age 5 in the state live in poverty, according to "Child Poverty in
"This food will really help us," said Ellerby, who does not have regular work. "It is hard to make all the payments every month. When the light bill goes up I can't buy that much food. We barely get by most months."
At school, Toshiro can get a meal.
"That helps a lot," Ellerby said.
Poverty among children statewide has surpassed the national average after being below average for years, the report said. The number of
"We are not surprised by the figures about child poverty," Gillespie said. "Three years ago, we gave out about 35 food boxes one day a month. Now we give out about 35 boxes a week. And we see people from all walks of life are having hard times."
Changes in government relief programs mean "things are not getting better for many of them," Gillespie said.
Many families find it hard to get enough food with food stamps alone.
"Some say their food stamps have been cut and some of our seniors are only getting
West End Ministries has expanded volunteer and supply networks to try to keep up with needs.
"We are always looking for more food drives and the
On many Thursdays,
"Many people walk, take a bus or ride a bike to get here for the meals," Gillespie said. "Some of them are homeless."
Threats of cuts to early education funding, unemployment benefits, food stamps and similar programs would hurt efforts to cut poverty, said
"We know that growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. We know that poverty and financial stress can impede children's cognitive development, their ability to learn, their health, and it even has an impact on their future wages and labor market outcomes," Bell said.
The advocacy group called for more access to affordable child care, health insurance and other community support for low-income working families.
CHILDREN IN POVERTY 2011-12
N.C., 580,00 children, 26 percent
Davidson: 8,200, 22 percent
SCHOOL CHILDREN ENROLLED IN FREE/REDUCED LUNCH
N.C.: 56 percent
Randolph: 77 percent.
Davidson: 55 percent
CHILDREN ENROLLED IN MEDICAID
CHILDREN RECEIVING PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
N.C., 9.5 percent
Davidson: 10 percent
Randolph: 9.6 percent
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
HOMELESS STUDENTS 2012
N.C: 857,000, 39 percent.
Davidson: 11,994, 31 percent
Randolph: 10,422, 31 percent
STATE POVERTY INDICATORS
Children With at Least One Unemployed Parent: 241,000
Children Ages 3-5 Not Enrolled in
Teens Not in School and not Working: 52,000, 10 percent.
Sources: Kids Count, 2013;
West End Ministries, 884-1105
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