Voice of the Poor Committee

Poverty Quiz Questions and Answers
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The U.S. Government counts any family of four making $           or less as being in poverty.


20.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty. This means their family's cash income is less than half of the poverty line, or less than about $           a year for a family of four.


True or False: In 2011 in the U.S. 43.6 million people are poor.

False. In 2014, 46 million American are poor, up from 44.4 million in 2009.

True or False: Over 12% of our citizens were at or below the nation's official poverty income in 2011.

False. Over 15.1% or 46.2 million were at or below poverty level in 2011.

The percentage of American people in poverty in 2011 was the largest in the past            years.

15.1% of Americans lived in poverty in 2011, the highest in the past 52 years.

One in every            children in the U.S. lives in poverty.

six (6)

True or False: The Federal Minimum Wage Act ensures that all working people make an adequate income.

False. The Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25, which is $15,080 in yearly income.

True or False: The number of working poor, people with jobs but still in poverty, is rising.

True. In 2010, 22% of all jobs provided income below the poverty line.

Among the children living in poverty in the United States, almost           % of these children live in extreme poverty.

Almost 50% of children living in poverty, or 7 million, live in extreme poverty.

The U.S. poverty rate now ranks            among the developed nations of the world.

third worst

True or False: Small children without adequate nutritional food can develop learning problems that last a lifetime.

True. 5% to 10% of American children have been negatively impacted by a lack of adequate nutritional food.

True or False: Ten million low-income households have some type of housing problem.

False. 16 million low-income households experienced housing problems in 2010.

More than           million Americans have now qualified for Medicaid (health care for the impoverished).

50 million

The number of Americans receiving food stamps in 2011 was           .

46 million

True or False: The number of people without health insurance increased to over 5 million in 2011.


True or False: The U.S. Food Stamp program (SNAP) provides food aid. 75% of all participants are families with children.

True. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food stamps to citizens that qualify.

True or False: The number of Americans on SNAP food stamps has set a new all-time me record.

True. As of 2011, 45.8 million people received food stamps.

True or False: The National School Lunch Program now reaches over 50 million children.

True. The U.S. government funds The National School Lunch Program to feed millions of children.

True or False: As Catholics, we are challenged to work to change the structures and systems that create and sustain poverty.

True. As Catholics, we are called to change policies, systems and structures that create and sustain poverty.

True or False: Catholic Social Teaching promotes a special concern and option for the poor.

True: "While the common good embraces all, those who are weak, vulnerable, and most in need deserve preferential concern. A basic moral test for our society is how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst" from Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, U.S. Catholic Bishops, 2007.

Contact the Attleboro District Voice of the Poor Committee

You are invited to email the Committee regarding your Social Justice concerns, and let us know if you'd like to be included on our informational email distribution list. Write us at the Social Justice Committee email address: VOP@SVdPAttleboro.org