Essay by favoroguJunior High, 9th gradeB+, November 2014

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What is poverty? Poverty is waking up in the morning not having anything to eat; poverty is waking up on a dirty mattress because your family couldn't afford a brand new one. Poverty is living with a smell that doesn't go away, waking up with the hope of not ever escaping. Poverty is us instead doing nothing we should all be a part of decreasing poverty. Many people would argue that the job of decreasing poverty goes to the government but what is the government doing. Throughout this essay I'm going to answer an essential questions of what the government is doing to help decrease the poverty rate in the United States which includes a brief introduction of SNAP, TANF along with the , "Opening doors and Breaking Barriers" incentive.

Throughout many years the poverty rate has increased dramatically as we enter the 21st century. What does that mean? It means that they're people who are in hunger and are not able to access the right food which means they're not getting access to the right nutrients along with the needed vitamins.

This results in having a very unbalanced meal which could eventually lead to obesity. Obesity is the condition of being grossly fat or overweight. During the years the government has taken actions to help deal with this problem by passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which helps fight hunger by having a $20 billion increase which goes toward the SNAP ( Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In June 2009, the SNAP program served 35.1 billion low - income individuals providing a total benefits worth $4.675 billion. This program in particularly helps fund food banks and other special organization that helps donate food to different low income communities. This program has also provides an average benefits of $133...