Our nation is the richest on earth, yet despite that wealth, we have far too many individuals and families facing the harsh realities of deep poverty. In 2018, more
than 17.3 million people in the United States still lived in deep poverty, which is defined as having an income below half of the federal poverty line. In 2018, that equated to $6,392 or less for a single person and $12,850 or less for a family of four. In
2017, over 30 percent of all children lived in deep poverty.