## Poverty

Some numbers:

 $22,050 Poverty line for a family of 4.$ 5,048 Earned Income Tax Credit for family of 4 making $22,050$ 3,000 Estimated annual Food Stamps for Family of 4 making $22,050 ($250/month) $1,080 School lunch benefit @$3/day for 2 kids and 180 school days. $7,951 Average employee contribution to health care for family of 4 (Medicaid benefit)$39,129 Total effective income of family of 4 with $22,050 in wages. And that's not counting eligibility for Section 8 housing vouchers. (The program has waiting lists and can be hard to get into.) So, a family of 4 making$22,050 can have an effective income of 77% more than that amount, or $17,000 more. In fact, the median household income in the US is$31,111, so the "poverty line" denotes families which can make \$8,000 more than the median.