CHILD POVERTY: Iowa’s Rate Increasing

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A new report released Tuesday show’s more Iowa children are living in poverty.

The statewide child poverty rate is more than 16-percent. That’s compared to about 11-percent in 2000. Researchers say the report reflects the toll the economy has taken on Iowa’s kids.

The share of those receiving food assistance almost tripled from 2000 to 2011. In 2000 it was at four-percent and last year it was up to almost 13-percent.

The number of students eligible for free or reduced lunches also grew substantially. More than 38-percent of Iowa children qualify for the program.

There are some bright spots in the report. It shows health and education indicators are improving and fewer teens are having babies.

The report is based on data from the Census Bureau and the IRS.

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