Latest Trend in Suburban Malls: Child Poverty
Laurel Shaper Walters, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
In the gleaming grocery stores of suburbia, shoppers with Gucci purses are lining up behind families with food stamps. Around the corner from sprawling malls and modern public schools, many parents are quietly struggling to provide food and clothes for their children.
Even in Overland Park, Kan., an affluent suburb of Kansas City, social workers are seeing a sharp rise in the the number of needy poor families.
"We've seen a growing number of working poor in this community," says Karen Wulfkuhle, head of United Community Services of Johnson County. "There is a labor deficit in this area, and there are jobs that are going unfilled. But many of them are low-paying …
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Publication information: Article title: Latest Trend in Suburban Malls: Child Poverty. Contributors: Laurel Shaper Walters, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: December 26, 1996. Page number: 3. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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