You can support this good work by buying local; then choose organic if it’s available. Buying local at places like farmer’s markets and food co-ops keeps your money in the ‘hood, supporting people in your community instead of a large company elsewhere. And you have a chance to meet the people producing your food. And that’s good because…

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The SPM (Supplemental Poverty Measure) considers many factors beyond simply the poverty rate, such as what it actually costs to live (the price of medicine and copays, housing, food, utilities, etc.) and how those costs affect disposable income. It also considers income provided through safety-net programs, such as Social Security and food stamps, that helps with some of these costs.

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