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Poverty is a pressing issue in Caldwell County. Compared to the wealthiest and a neighboring county, Caldwell has high rates of percentages linking to poverty. Average home price, unemployment, level of education, and income are all examples of ways Caldwell falls under expectation when it comes to the health of a county. Are there ways to help the indigent that are living in Caldwell County? Yes, there are many different services for supporting the poor. Government through legislation and schools can provide for the needy. Community led organizations can also give supplies such as clothing and food. On the other hand what is the poverty level? Which counties would be the best to compare to? The authors of "World Bank Forecasts Global Poverty …show more content…
Mr. Aspen Coons, an office assistant for Representative George Robinson, said poverty has been mentioned 20 times in the bills of the 2015 session. Twenty mentions may not be a large amount but many of the bills indirectly or directly altered programs affecting the indigent. The quote from Mr. Coons “...hundreds of the bills that have been filed are aimed at improving the economic standing of North Carolinians…”, shows the relevance poverty has on legislation. One such bill, the HB-97: 2015 Appropriation Act, will provide a block grant reducing energy bills for those in need among other benefits. Caldwell County’s representative George Robinson has indirectly supported poverty sufferers by keeping costs low for Driver’s Education which is necessary for those who cannot afford it. Another program is Medicaid. Over 15,000 people use Medicaid according to "2011 Active EIS Case Counts by County.". Schools also provide huge support to students who come from poor …show more content…
Free or reduced lunch is something many schools adopted in order to help those select students. In all three counties the amount of people using this program has risen over the past few years. Currently Caldwell has an average of 59.7%, Catawba with 54.9%, and Wake with 38.6%. North Carolina overall has an average of 56.0% students needing coverage ("Percent of Students Enrolled in Free and Reduced Lunch | KIDS COUNT Data Center."). Caldwell still has the worst stat but schools are trying to help. One such school is South Caldwell High School (SCHS). 42% of the school’s students receive free or reduced lunch. Not only that, the school helps supplement power bills, gas for school transportation, counseling services, and provides shelter. SCHS even gives out meals for Thanksgiving (Dillard, Tamara). The community itself also goes out of their way to help the

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