If we got all of the people in Iola together in a big circle and had half of them take one step backward, those stepping backward would still not represent the number of folks in our community who live at or below 200% of the poverty level. And 27% of those people live in poverty. The rest are surviving at just 200% of the poverty level.
Wherever you are, half of the folks surrounding you are struggling with issues related to living in poverty. There is never enough food or enough money for rent, gasoline, medicine, or utilities.
The struggle shows on some faces, but not on everyones.