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Portraits of American Poverty in TIME Magazine

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TIME magazine's photo essay documents poverty in the United States. (Screen grab from TIME.com, photo by Joakim Eskildesn for TIME)

Many poor people in America are hidden in plain sight, a point driven home in TIME magazine's latest photo essay, "Below the Line: Portraits of American Poverty." Photographer Joakim Eskildsen writes:

"Once you start digging, you realize people in poverty are everywhere, and you can really go through your life without seeing them before you yourself are standing in the food stamp line,” he says. “So many people spoke about the disappointment of the American Dream—this, they said, was the American Reality.”

The picture in the photo essay that I keep coming back to is the one of John Moon standing in his threadbare Athens, GA, apartment (picture #14 of 31). The caption says he survives on Social Security benefits and food stamps and recently moved to a trailer to save money on rent. "God is taking care of me so I am in good hands," he says. But with many federal programs on the chopping block, John may soon find himself in dire straits. Where will he go then? How will he survive?

++ Use our toll-free number to call your members of Congress at 1-800-326-4941 today. Ask them to protect federal programs for poor and hungry people.

Laura-elizabeth-pohlLaura Elizabeth Pohl is multimedia manager at Bread for the World.

 


 

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