Survey says poverty growing in Lincoln

A look at poverty in Lincoln-Lancaster County shows families were worse off in 2009 than in 2008.

But a glimmer of hope remains. Those struggling say they continue to have a positive outlook. The Center for People In Need released the 2009 face of poverty report today.  And although the numbers continue to grow so has confidence in what the future holds.

For one Lincoln woman, putting food on the table for her child and paying the bills were far from reality.

“I've had to decide whether to feed my daughter or pay my bills, naturally I fed my daughter, there has even been times when I have went days without eating just so she could eat,” says Tasha.

According to the Center For People in Need's 2009 survey of already struggling families, putting food on the table is one of there biggest worries. 

“They need food.  I don't know how many times people come and say thank you, I don't know where I would be without you tonight because food is the one place they can cut, they have to pay their rent and they have to pay their utilities,” says Beatty Brasch, Director of the center. 

More then 2 thousand low income families across Lancaster County were surveyed for the report. 62 percent say they were worse off in 2009 than 2008.

3 out of 4 adults surveyed say they sometimes, often or always have trouble buying food, a stress that Tasha says was hard to handle.

“I didn't want my child to think I was a failure.  That was the worst.”

Still,  the report shows those struggling hold on to a glimmer of hope.  More than half of those who responded believe things will be better down the road.

For more information about the survey log onto:   www.centerforpeopleinneed.org