A study of the neediest cities in America (Wallethub) reminds us that no county, city, or state is exempt from poverty. The study of 188 cities, based on 25 key indicators of economic disadvantage, including child poverty and food insecurity, lists cities in need in states including California, Wyoming, Ohio, Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, and nearly all the other 50 states.
According to Feeding America, more than 12 percent of the population lives in poverty and 41 million people lack sufficient food. The National Alliance to End Homelessness indicates over half a million people, including children, have been homeless at some time since 2015.
Here in Toledo, OH, one in four families live in poverty. Fortunately many of the foundations and donors in the Northwest Ohio area recognize this great need and have made basic human needs one of their funding priorities.
How does your city fare? Check out the main findings of the report here.