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The Problem:Nationally, 14.1% are unemployed.1 in 3 young adults (ages 20-29) were unemployed in 2010.Nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty — a record 46.2 million people.The poverty rate, pegged at 15.1 percent, is the highest of any major industrialized nation.In Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, 1 in 4 people are at risk for hunger.Fresno now has the 2nd highest poverty rate in the nation, trailing only the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area in Texas.
Sources: Census Bureau, FresnoBee, SHFB.com, Behind the Poverty Statistics
While the U.S. does not face the same struggles as the rest of the developing world, there are growing local needs we can help meet.
Take Action: Volunteer at a food sort with Second Harvest Food Bank (Santa Clara/San Mateo) or conduct a food drive. For help organizing a food drive, check out our annual Food 4others Drive and contact our coordinator, April Hunt.Volunteer with our partner, Fresno County's Community Food Bank.Refer a family in need of children's clothing to Angel Bear Closet.Help glean the abundance of leftover produce (April--November) for local to out-of-state food banks with Ag Against Hunger.
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