Editorial: Where’s the political debate over childhood poverty?

child-poverty-rates-riseAmid the flurry of political news last week, a little-noticed story reported on the state of poverty in Iowa.

According to the Children and Family Policy Center in Des Moines, 110,000 Iowa children now live in poverty. That’s an increase of 44 percent since 2000. The percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches is up 56 percent, and the percentage of Iowans receiving food assistance has more than tripled.

Michael Crawford of the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines says the data illustrates why “it is so important that the critical public health, education and family support efforts — programs and services we know have been effective in helping Iowa families on both sides of the Great Recession — continue.”

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