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A Womens struggle for stability

In People on May 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm


Not everyone has the luxury of owning having a good job, owning a nice house, and making ends meet. And many Americans every day face the fact of not being able to pay the bills or put food on the table.  Some people need the help of Food Banks, Food stamps, and shelters.

A girl named Danielle Richter, 23, has struggled with money every day of her life. Danielle grew up in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania a small town near Butler.

Growing up her parents didn’t teach her how to save her money for bills and food. “Growing up my parents never had a lot of money and I was never taught that you needed to save for anything. But obviously when I got into college I realized that wasn’t true”, Danielle said.

Then Danielle went to college and reality hit. Most students struggle through college making ends meet because there isn’t time for a full time job. “I worked at Perkins a few hours a week but that didn’t help out much with the bills. Then I got a job at Lowes which made me a little more money but they wanted me to work too many hours and I could not keep up with my school work”. Read the rest of this entry »


An Essential Community Resource Edinboro Food Pantry

In Organizations on April 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm


As the cost of living continues to rise the harder it is for families to survive. In a poor economy the job market is not great either. Not everyone is able to find work to support their family. Not only do most families have bills to pay but they also have to pay for all the other necessities in their life.  Food is an important necessity in life. At the Edinboro Food Pantry volunteers support their community.

The Edinboro Food Pantry is an organization that helps lighten the heavy burdens of people who cannot afford such sustenance for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

The Truth About Poverty

In Defining The Problem on March 1, 2012 at 10:01 am


Underlining poverty and it’s issues

Many people believe that poverty in the United States is a recent phenomenon. But poverty is not new and it is not going anywhere in the near future. Poverty is a serious issue that effects many people each and every day. The struggle to know how you are going to pay the next bill, or where to find the next meal hurts many. These people are considered the working poor. For them working becomes of way of living just to survive.

 Poverty can happen to anyone. The government defines the poverty line as income of $22,314 a year for a family of four and $11,139 for an individual. $22,000 does not make ends meet for most families. Adding more family members to the family makes it even harder on that wage to survive.

A 21 year old Edinboro University student who wishes to remain nameless, has struggled with this issue since a young age. We will call him Tom. Tom grew up living a very hard and stressful life Read the rest of this entry »