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Poverty Awareness Month

January 11, 2022 at 7:39 AM by Brandi Cummings


January is Poverty in America Awareness Month. Many Americans of all ages are struggling to receive adequate nutrition. However, poverty isn't only a concern for lack of food. Health, housing, education, safety, and justice are other forms of poverty that impact peoples' lives. The 2020 United States Census Bureau's Income and Poverty Report states that the official poverty rate is 11.4 percent, with 37.2 million individuals in poverty. What's more, poverty doesn't strike all demographics equally. This January, check out the items in our booklist and consider how you can take action to help people living in poverty. 

Picture Books:

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt
Yard Sale by Eve Bunting
Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell 
I See You by Michael Genhart
What is Given from the Heart by Pat McKissack 
Saturdays at the Food Pantry by Diane O'Neill
Dear Librarian by Lydia M. Sigwarth
Still a Family by Brenda Reeves Sturgis 
Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki
Watercress by Andrea Wang
The One with the Scraggly Beard by Elizabeth Withey

Kids Books:

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
Carry Me Home by Janet Fox
Rich by Nikki Grimes
The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty by Jillian Roberts
Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno
Poverty and Hunger by Louise Spilsbury  
Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Teen Books:

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
True Stories of Teen Homelessness by Monika Davies
Find Layla by Meg Elison
Money Hungry by Sharon Flake
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Smoove City by Kenny Keil
The War on Poverty by Carolee Laine
Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
Homelessness and Families by Hilary Poole
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
War and Speech by Don Zolidis

Adult Books:

Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty by Joanne Goldblum and Colleen Shaddox
Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott
Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America by Alan Mallach
Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty by Jeff Madrick
Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy's Promise by Stephen Caliendo
The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto by Tavis Smiley and West Cornel
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Journeys out of Homelessness: The Voices of Lived Experiences by Jamie Rife and Donalds Burnes
In the Midsts of Plenty: Homelessness and What to Do About It by Marybeth Shinn and Jill Khadduri
United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope by Lenny Duncan
Do Something for Nothing: Seeing Beneath the Surface of Homelessness, Through the Simple Act of a Haircut by Joshua Coombes
The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Beings of Nations by David Pilling


Local Resources and Information


The Shalom Center provides housing for single people and families. 262-658-1713 x130. The nightly shelter is located at 4314 39th Avenue.

Women and Children's Horizons offers services to victims and child witnesses of domestic violence in the emergency safety shelter. WCH 24 hour hotline:1-800-853-3503 or 262-652-9900

The Soup Kitchen at the Shalom Center serves meals from 5:00 - 6:00 PM every day and is open to everyone.

Meals That Matter: Expanded soup kitchen sites 5:00 - 6:00 PM

  • Monday: Immanuel United Methodist Church (5410 Sheridan Road)

  • Tuesday; Christ King Church (5934 8th Avenue)

  • Tuesday 4:00 - 5:30 PM at Grace Lutheran Church, (2006 60th Street) (FOOD PANTRY)

  • Wednesday: Immanuel United Methodist Church (5410 Sheridan Road)

  • Thursday:  Anointed Word of Faith Church (6442 22nd Avenue)

  • Friday: Christian Reformed Church (7506 25th Avenue)


Crisis Services

Welcome Center at Grace Lutheran Church (2006 60th Street) is open Thursday and Friday mornings, 8:00 - 10:30 AM, provides friendship, food assistance, meals, showers, haircuts, and emergency clothing to the homeless, near homeless, and low-income individuals and families. 262-654-9143

Women and Children's Horizons offers services to victims and child witnesses of domestic violence in the emergency safety shelter—crisis lines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

WCH 24 hour hotline:1-800-853-3503 or 262-652-9900.

Kenosha Human Development Services, 3536 52nd Street (formerly Big Lots)

Crisis intervention services for individuals or families include mental health, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, family disputes, physical/emotional abuse, runaways, depression, loneliness, school issues, and victims of crime. Services are available 24 hours a day by phone or in person. (262) 764-8555 or (262) 657-7188


Other Organizations 

Walkin' In My Shoes 262-764-0214

The Sharing Center, for services west of I94, 262-298-5535

WI State Homeless Information,

God's Kitchen, food drop-off in Library Park & Uptown neighborhoods - 262-671-0092/

ELCA Outreach Center, 262- 652-5545