I was heartened to wake up yesterday to a headline proclaiming a noteworthy decline in the US poverty rate last year– the largest annual drop since 1999. According to new census data, the number of people living below the poverty line declined by about 3.5 million.
As the NY Times article states, job growth, low oil prices and increased minimum wage requirements are no doubt important contributors to declining poverty rates. But I also want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the many individuals and nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to fight poverty on a daily basis - some of whom I have been lucky enough to work with. You too are making a difference and, while I know we have a long way to go, I think it is important that we all take a moment to celebrate this headline.