poverty rates climbingPoverty rates in the U.S. are the highest since 1993, according to a new report. The federal government announced this week that the nation’s poverty rate increased to 15.1 percent in 2010. An additional 2.6 million people landed in poverty last year, bringing the total to 46.2 million – the highest number since the government started tracking poverty in the 1950s.

“Child poverty has been higher than the 2010 level in only three years since the mid-1960s,” said Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, in a statement.

Now more than ever we have an opportunity to show love in a unique way to people in need at Help-Portrait events. As we plan our upcoming events, keep in mind the swelling number of people in need of help and hope.