Professor talks poverty during Hunger Awareness Month
CHARLESTON — One in five Coles County citizens lives in poverty.
That 2012 statistic, 22.9 percent, is striking when compared to 2003, when 13.2 percent, a little more than one in 10 Coles County citizens, were impoverished. And compare that 2012 statistic to percentages across the state (14.7 percent) and the nation (15.9 percent).
The problems don’t end for individuals or families just because they’re a little higher than the absolute poverty line, Eastern Illinois University professor Michael Gillespie said. During November, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, Gillespie has given a series of lectures focused on poverty; he gave his last one, concerning how to help alleviate poverty in the county, Tuesday afternoon.
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