In the United States 45 percent of children under 18 – 32.4 million – live in low-income families.
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An estimated 14.5 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2012, according to the USDA. In North Carolina, 25% of children live in households that were food insecure at some point during the year 2012.
Families and children are defined as low-income if the family income is less than twice the federal poverty threshold.
The minimum wage level in North Carolina is $7.25.
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