Circle of Protection

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. - Matthew 25:40

Faces and Facts


Behind every fact and every statistic is a story of how people have been affected by the ongoing cuts to the federal budget. We have always maintained that Congress should not balance the budget on the backs of working poor people and struggling families.

Click on any of the photographs below, and start reading our stories. You can also read the latest stories in the right column.

Dawn Phipps
Jennifer Brown
Amanda Bornfree
Tara Marks
Alli Morris
Sheila Edwards-Howard
Barbie Izquierdo
Heather Rude-Turner


Our colleagues at Bread for the World maintain a database of the most current facts and statistics on hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad. These facts and statistics come from reputable sources or are culled from various research studies.

Through an initiative of our friends at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we have a handy map the that provides statistics (2011) of poverty levels in states and counties throughout the USA.

FACT: Nearly 15 percent of U.S. households struggle to put enough food on the table. 49 million Americans—including 15.9 million children—live in these households. (USDA, “Household Food Security in the United States,” 2012).