According to the study, which was conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, one in four New England households that receive food stamps are located in suburban neighborhoods that are often ill equipped to help those who are struggling to get back on their feet. In fact, the suburban impoverished face unique, and often unrecognized, challenges brought on by lack of services, fewer jobs, and the burden of finding transportation across farther distances.
Dearing explained that, while the resources to meet economic strain in the United States just aren’t there (no matter where you live), now is the time to begin the process of de-stigmatizing the growing reality of poverty in suburban neighborhoods. If we can’t first help communities to recognize that the problem exists (currently few do), it will be impossible to develop the kinds of programs needed to help them.
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