Recalibrating the poverty line
The government's figure doesn't reflect the real number of poor people.
Jennifer Donald, whose family receives money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also known as food stamps, is seen before dinnertime in Philadelphia. Families already buffeted by difficult economic times will see their food stamps benefits drop Nov. 1 as money allocated by the 2009 federal stimulus plan runs out. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press / October 8, 2013)