All over the internet (not here) I’ve been called a liar for telling my very true stories about kids knocking on the door and begging for bread.

Now, it has finally been documented.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/panorama/hi/front_page/newsid_9695000/9695217.stm

The detached, statistical side is now documented here:

 

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/under-2-dollars-a-day-in-america-part-1/

Living on less than $2 per person a day is one World Bank definition of poverty for developing nations.  Unfortunately, this threshold is increasingly relevant to the United States, according to a new study from the National Poverty Center.

The number of U.S. households living on less than $2 per person per day — which the study terms “extreme poverty” — more than doubled between 1996 and 2011, from 636,000 to 1.46 million, the study finds (see graph).  The number of children in extremely poor households also doubled, from 1.4 million to 2.8 million.