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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

March 13, 2020

“There are some students whose food at school is the one or two meals they’re getting that day. This situation is really highlighting how critical school meals are,” one official said.


As cases of the respiratory disease grow in Maryland and throughout the country, daily life is being upended for people from all walks of life. But low-paid service employees are worried their jobs may not provide benefits needed to cope with the outbreak and their interactions with the public put them at risk.


As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States—infecting at least 1,000 people in more than 35 states, as of Wednesday afternoon—experts are recommending that…


An outbreak could devastate low-income black and Latino communities that, even in the best of times, face serious medical challenges.


As states scramble to control the coronavirus, the Trump administration is denying them key tools in their Medicaid safety net programs to respond.


Shelters are a “fertile ground” for transmission of infections like COVID-19. Adding to the risks: Many homeless people in King County are already susceptible because of existing medical problems.


Doctors say the country’s more than half-million homeless people are at higher risk of catching and dying from the virus.


No cases of coronavirus have been reported among homeless people in the Bay Area yet, but officials are getting ready for what seems like the sure eventuality of that happening.


Donation portals, pickup apps and other out-of-the-box solutions take on food insecurity and waste.


From Hawaii to Pennsylvania, states are scrambling to curb the impact of a new Trump administration rule that could cause nearly 700,000 people to lose food stamp benefits


A new state process to review requests for subsidized child care is so backlogged that needy families who qualify are getting kicked out.


Philadelphia may begin testing a cash subsidy pilot in 2020, city policymakers and nonprofit leaders revealed Tuesday at a press conference.