Southern Illinois counties show highest poverty rate | News
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS)- Nine counties in Illinois have poverty rates above 20 percent.
Among those in the Heartland are Alexander, Pulaski, Hardin, Saline and
Jackson County-which takes the top spot with over 30 percent.
That means one in every five people live in poverty.
"It doesn't surprise me," said Executive Director Mike Heath at
the Good Samaritan Ministries in Carbondale. "Every year the numbers keep
going up and it becomes more difficult to fund the place."
Both he and his staff can't see it getting better anytime soon.
"We average at least 20 to 30 phone calls a day," says Angela
Wilson, the shelter's coordinator.
"We see folks who use to donate to us and now it's not unusual to see
them show up at the food pantry," said Heath.
The facility's soup kitchen served almost over 7,000 more people in 2012
compared to 2011.
Their food pantry served over 1,000 more-and the numbers keep going up.
"I don't see an end to it in the near future, something has to
drastically change," says Heath.
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