Fact: The Federal Policy Level used to determine eligibility for many public services is the same whether a family lives in Missouri, Montana, Michigan, or Middlesex County, NJ.
For 2016, a family of four is considered above the poverty level if they earn $24,300 or more anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States.
Fact: In the past decade the poor population of Middlesex County has increased by double-digits, especially in the towns of Edison, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge (Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, Brookings Institute, 2013).
Fact: In Middlesex County, NJ, even families earning up to 300% of the poverty level must "choose between basic necessities – whether to meet one's need for child care but not nutrition, or housing but not health care." (The Real Cost of Living in New Jersey 2013, http://www.lsnj.org/PDFs/RCL2013.pdf)
AECDC diaper bank assists families in need
By Lauren Wanko
This mom of two needs diapers for her children and on this day she’s getting them for free.
“It just provides that little gap in between transitioning through certain financial issues,” said client Tiyonia.