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Tucson poverty rate relatively unchanged over three years

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One in every four households in southern Arizona are living under the poverty line.

Local organizations dedicated to helping the poor said they are now seeing even more people in need.

“We know from the thousands of people that walk into just this facility, that people are still struggling in this economy,” said Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona CEO, Michael McDonald.

The food bank serves approximately 187,000 people in five different counties each year. McDonald said it is mostly working-class families who have fallen on hard times. 

“The last six or seven months, we started to see a decrease," said McDonald. "About a three percent decrease in people coming for our services. But all of a sudden, it's back up again."

Tucson’s poverty rate of around 25 percent has been mostly unchanged over the past three years.

In 2015, 25.2 percent of households were below the poverty level. That number was at 25.3 percent in both 2014 and 2013. 

“They water meals down, they go without eating,” said McDonald. “The issue is 30 percent of our kids in southern Arizona go hungry every week.”

Non-profits, like the Community Food Bank and Gospel Rescue Mission, are trying to bring that number down by offering social and educational services, in addition to food.

“We grow quite a culture here that enables people to help themselves and gives them a sense of pride for being where they are,” said Ricardo Noperi of Gospel Rescue Mission.

Both the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and Gospel Rescue Mission rely on donations.

McDonald said the organization is always in need of monetary donations and volunteers. For more information on how you can help, visit their site here.

Noperi said the mission is currently in need of silverware, pots, pans, food and monetary donations. For more information on how you can help, visit their site here.

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